Summer is here and we are not stepping outside without our handbag essentials – sunscreen, shades and a bottle of healthy juice or infused water. However, there is one more thing that you need to take care of in the sweltering heat - your lips. Did you know that exposure to the sun can cause sunburns and dryness? Even on cloudy days, the UV rays can damage your lips, so it’s very important to keep yourself protected.
We talked to Dr Hema Sharma Datta, Head - Skin Care and Cleansing, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, who told us why we must protect our lips from the harsh rays of the sun, especially in summers.
Unlike Our Skin, Lips Lack Natural Protective Oil
Our skin contains sebaceous glands that secrete natural oil (sebum) to keep our skin moisturised, Dr Hema said. But our lips do not contain these glands, so it is essential to hydrate our lips through the day. Therefore, using a lip balm with natural ingredients in this weather is a must!
Harmful UV Rays Affect Lips
UV rays are extremely harmful to our skin, and our lips are no exception. In fact, they are more prone to sun damage by UV exposure. Adding to the detrimental effects of UV rays, prolonged exposure to UV rays also leads to a buildup of dead skin cells on our lips, making them look unhealthy and dull.
Sudden Changes In Temperature Can Make Your Lips Dry
While the only way to beat the severe heat is to stay inside the air-conditioned comfort of our homes or offices, the moment we step out, the hot weather can spell disaster for our lips, by making them dry and chapped. The sudden and drastic change in temperature is quite detrimental to the health of our lips. For this reason, carrying a lip balm that nourishes and soothes the lips is extremely essential.
A lip balm enriched with the essence of oranges is the best bet for you to protect your lips from the sun, owing to its natural photoprotection and skin conditioning properties. The Himalaya Sun Protect Orange Lip Care is enriched with the goodness of orange, which protects your lips from environmental damage and keeps them soft, supple and protected from the ill-effects UV rays.
Protect your picture perfect pout with Himalaya’s sun protecting lip balm. Get it here.
*This is a sponsored post for Himalaya.