While many of you know that sun protection is completely critical, clearly, some of y'all think that means everything but the lips.
According to a new study, only a piddly 47 percent of beachgoers uses UV lip protection, compared with the 78 percent who used UV skin protection. (I'm completely baffled by that 22 percent who aren't protecting at all, but we'll address this crowd another day.)
The bare-lipped beachgoers had all kinds of lame excuses: Lack of concern, forgetting to bring or apply lip protection, bad taste, altered food and drink flavors, and comfort issues. I don't think my eyes can physically roll back far enough for that mamby-pamby nonsense. "Comfort issues?!?"
The fact is, lip cancer is real. And so are prematurely pruny, dried-up lips. Yes, I'm making a blatant ploy to appeal to your vanity. Lip protection is that imperative, I'll try just about anything. Starting with sunblock. This is non-negotiable, especially if you're wearing high-shine lip gloss. New research indicates that shiny glosses can attract UV radiation. The bottom line: Wear a minimum of SPF 30 on your lips.Discover the best new beauty products each day of the week in our Editors' Favorites.
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