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Keep Your Lips Protected and Hydrated

By Jackie O’Neal

According to a story on this morning's CW11 TV and, some dermatologists are saying that glopping on shiny lip glosses without appropriate SPF protection—and lip gloss rarely offers adequate protection— and can actually increase your risk of developing skin cancer because the shiny nature of the gloss could be making the sun's UV rays hit harder. "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.

"Some dermatologists say that in the worst case, the resulting sun damage can lead to potentially fatal forms of skin cancer. Of an estimated 3,500 new cases of skin cancer of the lips are diagnosed yearly, 90 percent of them are squamous cell carcinoma. Additionally, it can strike more aggressively on the lips than on other parts of the skin and, if untreated, can cause disfigurement. In some cases, the cancer can fatally spread to other organs."  

Did you know?
· Sun exposure can also cause small brown spots that look like freckles on the lips; premature aging; and further thinning of the lips' already thin skin, which can lead to rips and tears
· UV light takes away skins' elasticity, leaving the skin lax, which—in lips—can prevent the upper and lower lips from lining up properly and can cause pools of saliva to collect at the mouths' corners
·         Neutrogena offers two fantastic lip products that offer an SPF of 20 and come in a gloss and stick form

NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ LIP SOOTHER SPF 20 – A dermatologist-developed, conditioning gloss that couples the healing benefits of a lip balm with the high-shine of your favorite lip gloss, plus broad-spectrum SPF protection.  These non-stick, sheer and shiny hues offer a fruity fragrance that smells as great as it looks.  NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ LIP SOOTHER SPF 20 is packed with healthy, soothing botanicals and plant extracts.  Aloe vera and cucumber soothe irritation and redness, while chamomile promotes healing and inflammation.  Moisture-rich, glycerin hydragel treats and protects lips instantly.  When applied, NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ LIP SOOTHER SPF 20 provides a cooling and refreshing sensation.  

NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ SOOTHING LIPSHEERS SPF 20 - This double-duty lip product provides a splash of beautifully sheer, shimmering color with the soothing, therapeutic benefits of a traditional lip balm.  Housed in a sleek metal case, NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ SOOTHING LIPSHEERS SPF 20 feature a slim silhouette for easy application.  NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ SOOTHING LIPSHEERS SPF 20 are formulated with menthyl lactate, a naturally derived, peppermint flavoring that delights lips with a cooling sensation on contact.  This dermatologist developed, advanced hydrating formula contains super-refined emollients to restore moisture levels in the lips, while antioxidant Vitamin E works to soften and hydrate.  NEUTROGENAÒ MOISTURESHINEÒ SOOTHING LIPSHEERS SPF 20 are formulated with broad-spectrum SPF to help safeguard against additional dryness and damage.  The result is fuller, healthier looking lips.

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