Neglected sun safety

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

The eyelids and lips easily overlooked when applying sunscreen. Research has suggested that between 10%-17% of the skin's surface is missed when applying sunscreen.


Lips


Cancer of the lips comprise 0.6% of cancers in the US. Failure to apply sunscreen to the lips can also lead to a sunburn, discolouration and actinic cheilitis (think dry, wrinkly lips). Your lips do not produce as much melanin as the rest of your body, so it is vital to help block out harmful sunrays.

Apply at least SPF 15.


A zinc-based, physical sunscreen in better than a chemical sunscreen that absorbs into the skin. Look for ingredients like Vitamin E and C which can help fight free radicals and keep the lips looking smooth and young. Remember to re-apply physical sunscreen throughout the day.

Ingredients like beeswax and grapeseed oil are great as well.

Avoid fragrances, parabens, alcohols, mineral oil, petroleum, and artificial flavoring. Companies that vouch to eliminate heavy metals such as lead as the best options as well.

*Google: FDA finds 400 lipsticks with lead*


Here is a list of the top 10 offenders:


https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/lead-in-lipsticks-which-brands-are-the-worst-offenders/2012/02/14/gIQAfNkiDR_blog.html?tid=a_inl_manual



Eyes


A stick sunscreen is a good option if product moves easily on your eyes (as in the case of oily eyelids). You can pick up an eye cream or concealer with SPF as well. Again, physical sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are preferred.



Wear your sunglasses anytime you go outside, are near reflective water surfaces or are driving.


Still not convinced?

This is an image from the New England Journal of Medicine of a truck driver that did not wear sunscreen. A perfect side-by-side of the dangers of neglecting sun safety. Say no to tanning beds and yes to skin protection.


Sources:

  1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trucker-accumulates-skin-damage-on-left-side-of-his-face-after-28-years-on-the-road/

  2. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0212548

  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30856092/

  4. https://www.skincancer.org/blog/ask-the-expert-what-will-help-me-feel-less-nervous-about-my-lip-cancer/


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