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Beyond Skin Deep: Suncare for Lips, Scalp, and More

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As we revel in the warm embrace of the sun, it's easy to focus our suncare efforts on our skin alone. However, our lips, scalp, and other often overlooked areas are equally susceptible to sun damage. In this guide, we'll explore why it's essential to go beyond the usual when it comes to protecting our skin from the sun. We want to make sure every part of our body gets the protection it needs.

Loving Your Lips:

  • Why Lips Need Special Care: Lips lack the natural melanin that provides some sun protection, making them vulnerable to sunburn and long-term damage.
  • Lip Balms with SPF: Invest in lip balms specifically formulated with sun protection factor (SPF). These provide a hydrating shield against harmful UV rays.
  • Reapplication is Key: Lips are prone to moisture loss, so remember to reapply lip balm with SPF throughout the day, especially after eating or drinking.

Shielding the Scalp:

  • Sunburn on the Scalp: The scalp is a common area for sunburn, often overlooked due to hair coverage. This is particularly true for those with thinning hair or exposed parts.
  • Hats as Protectors: Wide-brimmed hats or caps provide shade to the scalp, reducing the risk of sunburn. Look for hats with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) for added defence.
  • Scalp Sunscreen: SPF-infused hair mists or leave-in conditioners can offer protection to the hair and scalp. They are especially useful for those with shorter hairstyles.

Eyes and Eyelids:

  • UV Protection for the Eyes: Sunglasses aren't just a fashion statement; they shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. Ensure your sunglasses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.
  • Eyelids are Sensitive: The skin on your eyelids is thin and delicate, making it prone to sun damage. Apply a small amount of sunscreen or use sunglasses to protect this area.

Ears and Neck:

  • Often Neglected Areas: Ears and the back of the neck are areas that may be overlooked but are exposed to the sun. Apply sunscreen generously to these areas.
  • UPF Clothing: Wearing clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) not only shields the body, but also offers protection to the neck and ears from harmful UV rays.

Hands and Feet:

  • Frequent Exposure: Hands and feet are often exposed to the sun, making them vulnerable to sun damage. Apply sunscreen to these areas regularly.
  • Remember Nails and Cuticles: Don't forget to protect your nails and cuticles from the sun by applying sunscreen or using UV-blocking nail polish.

Comprehensive suncare goes beyond what meets the eye. By extending our protection to our lips, scalp, and other often-neglected areas, we ensure a complete defence against the sun's rays. Use specialised products, develop sun-smart habits, and make wise choices to ensure that every part of your body stays safe, healthy, and glowing.

With a well-rounded suncare routine, you can confidently embrace the sunshine, knowing that you've covered all the bases for a sun-kissed but protected experience. Visit your local LloydsPharmacy where our experienced team can help you choose the right sun protection for you.