Did You Know? Lips Need Sun Protection Too!

Posted November 11th, 2016 | Written by

Lips: they’re all over your Instagram and Snapchat feeds, but another matte liquid lipstick isn’t what they really need. Your lips need protection! When you think of skin cancer, it probably never occurred to you that it could appear on your lips. Lip skin actually has much less pigment to protect it from the sun, so it’s pretty shocking that we aren’t more aware of their vulnerability. The lips are not an uncommon site for non-melanoma skin cancers, including the two most common skin cancers, basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer of the lip comprises approximately 0.6% of all cancers in the US (source). With this information, why aren’t we all applying and reapplying sunscreen to our lips every two hours, every day?

According to a study conducted by the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Dermatology, only 37% of responders who correctly applied sunscreen to their skin, also used lip protection (source). This means that even those who are diligent about protecting their skin may not even be aware of the risks to their lips. You could be an avid re-applier and still be missing such an important area.

At Colorescience® it’s important to us to incorporate sun protection into our products. It isn’t enough to just create a lip gloss that looks beautiful when applied. We created a lip gloss that adds to your natural beauty while protecting your lips from sun damage with SPF 35. Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35 comes in a range of colors that complement all skin tones and are ideal for everyday wear. You can wear Clear to your yoga class, Rose to the office, and Siren on a Friday date night.

Hear what aesthetic professionals, social influencers, and Sephora® customers are saying:

“They incorporate good sun protection, so not only does it have a range of beautiful colors, but it has healthy benefits as well,” says Nicole Hogue, NP, University of South Florida.

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“I use lip gloss with SPF. I love Colorescience® Sunforgettable® Lip Shine SPF 35 Sunscreen in Rose!” says actress and skin cancer survivor, Samantha Gutstadt.

“It’s so hard for me to find a lip SPF that doesn’t smell like sunscreen and irritate my lips because of the synthetic sunscreen ingredients. I LOVE THIS!” says noeynono, Sephora.com customer.

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@Evaacatherine Getting ready for the KAABOO Music Festival with Lip Shine SPF 35

“You don’t have to compromise, you can have fantastic sunscreen with beautiful makeup,” says Product Specialist Carly Summers, Roseville Dermatology.

Colorescience products are proudly available through Cosmetic Physicians across the country. Click to find a Colorescience Physician near you.

This month only, get a FREE Lip Shine SPF 35 in Rose with any Colorescience® purchase of $125+!

The Author

Julie Strong

Julie Strong

Julie Strong is the Social Media and Content Manager for Colorescience. She's had a passion for writing, skincare and beauty for as long as she can remember. Her favorite Colorescience product is Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector.