I’ve always been a lipgloss gal. I love how shiny it makes my lips look, and it is so convenient to apply. Just one swipe and you’re good to go. But I never thought it could be dangerous. Well, at least it can if it doesn’t have SPF. Yep, according to some dermatologists, lipglosses without SPF can increase your chances of getting skin cancer.
Apparently, their shiny nature may make the sun’s UV rays hit harder and, as a result, increase the harm they can do. “These lip glosses can make more of the light rays penetrate directly through the skin instead of getting reflected off of the skin’s surface,” says Dr. Christine Brown, a dermatologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Ultraviolet light damage can lead to pre-skin cancer growths like actinic chelitis (rough scaly lips that never heal) and small dark spots that look like freckles. But there is no need to freak out or throw away our lipglosses! If you’re concerned, just wear lipgloss that has SPF in it. Or, if you want to use one without, just apply a lip balm with SPF underneath it.
Here are some lip balms and lipglosses with SPF you may want to try:
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 ($14.00)
Bare Escentuals Lip Guard SPF 15 ($14.00)