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Skin safety is of utmost importance in the summer, but there’s one patch of skin that is often overlooked when it comes to the summer elements—the lips. The lips need extra TLC all year round—and especially in summer—because they lack the natural glands to keep them moist. As the temperature rises and your lips are exposed to harmful UV rays, heat, and transitions from the heat to air conditioning, your lips may become dry and chapped, which leaves them looking and feeling not so great.

If you want luscious lips this summer, follow these guidelines to protect your smackers from the summer elements.

Protect: Lip balm might be the most important skin care product in your summer skin care tool bag. It serves two purposes—to protect the lips from harmful UV rays and to moisturize them, thereby preventing dehydration and chapping. Choose a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 15 and moisturizing ingredients that leave your lips feeling and looking luscious. When you slather sunscreen all over your body, don’t forget to protect your lips with lip balm.

Exfoliate:Exfoliation is likely part of your regular skin care routine, but do you include the lips? This sensitive area of skin undergoes a build-up of dead skin cells just like other areas of your skin. In the morning, use a soft toothbrush to brush the lips for a few seconds. This helps eliminate residue from the surface of the lips and leaves them feeling smooth. After exfoliating the lips, be sure to apply lip balm.

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Moisturize: In addition to daily application of lip balm, the lips need heavy duty moisturizing at night to help them recover and regenerate. Apply a moisturizing cream at night so the lips can absorb the moisture while you sleep.

Hydrate: Chronic dehydration leads to dry skin and this includes the lips. Stay hydrated to have healthy skin.

Maintain a healthy diet:Healthy skin begins on the inside. Studies have shown that nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin C provide antioxidants and other nutrients that protect against skin damage. Choose a healthy, balanced diet for healthy, glowing skin—including the lips.