We sometimes forget certain areas that can be prone to sunburn, such as the lips. Here’s how to take care of it after overexposure.
- It is possible to get sunburn anywhere on the body.
- To protect yourself against this, avoid exposure to the hottest hours and always apply sunscreen all over your body.
- In the event of sunburn, the skin should not be exposed for several days.
Many vacationers choose a destination with sun, heat, sometimes even the sea for the month of August. But before taking advantage of it and exposing yourself to the sun, it is very important to put on some cream to protect your skin… And you have to put it all over your body because sunburn can strike anywhere.
Sunburn on the lips is possible!
The lips are one of the areas that we don’t always think about and yet…”It is quite possible to get a sunburn on the lips because they are just as exposed as the rest of the face, explains Dr. Paul Dupont, at women’s diary. The skin there is much thinner, it contains very little melanin and is therefore more sensitive.”
To protect this area well, there are lip balms with a sun protection factor, also called sun protection factor (SPF)). According to health insurancethe FPS “noted the amount of sun it would take to get a sunburn after applying the product. For example, a factor 30 sunscreen indicates that the application of the cream multiplies by 30 the dose of UVB necessary to cause a sunburn.”
Moisturize your lips well in case of sunburn
But when the sunburn hits this area of the face, what to do? You have to hydrate as much as possible. A pharmacist can advise you on the most suitable product. You can also put biafine, a medicine to treat burns. But there are different types of severities and therefore dosages, according to the Vidal: “Burn of 1er degree: apply a thick layer to the area to be treated, 2 to 4 times a day. Burn of 2e degree: apply a thick layer; wait for the emulsion to be absorbed by the skin and repeat applications until there is no excess emulsion left. The last application can be covered with a damp compress.” Health insurance recalls that “the burnt areas should above all not be re-exposed in the days following the sunburn because they are weakened.”
Sunscreen is therefore an essential part of a holiday in the sun. It reduces the risk of skin cancer. In 2020, there were 1.5 million new cases of the disease and 120,000 deaths, according to theWorld Health Organization (WHO).
In France, it is recommended to avoid exposure to the sun between 12 and 4 p.m., when the rays are the most dangerous. But, even outside this time slot, the Health Insurance recommends to apply a thick layer of cream 30 minutes before exposure and to renew the application every two hours.