Summer is quickly approaching! Protecting your skin is crucial to maintaining wellness. Your skin protects your entire body, and your lips are no different. When slathering on sunscreen, many people overlook their lips, but your lips are protected by skin too!

Avoiding sunburn as well as sunburned lips will help your body and save you from being in pain while your body attempts to heal itself. Most of us have experienced sunburn before. It’s not fun and it’s dangerous to your health.

Did you also know that too much sun can damage your skin cells, therefore leading to damaged skin cell DNA that could lead to cancer? Yes, even getting burnt just one time every couple years can increase your risk of getting melanoma (the worst type of skin cancer) by 3x!

Symptoms of Sunburned Lips

The symptoms of getting too much sun on your lips are much like getting sunburned on the rest of your body—your skin may feel hot, sore, and will eventually peel. If you have severely sunburned lips, you may even have blisters on your lips or they may be swollen and crack and possibly bleed. Ouch!

You should see a doctor if your sunburned lips do not heal in 10 days or less. Although sunburned lips generally aren’t a cause for concern when seeking medical care, it’s important to listen to your body and seek care when your lips do not get better after a week or more.

While trying to heal your lips, we have some tips to help you out.

5 Amazing Tips to Cure Those Sunburned Lips

If you already headed to the beach and neglected your lips and are now dealing with some painful sunburn, let this be a lesson to properly protect your lips next time. More on this later!

But in the meantime, here’s how to cure sunburned lips with these five simple yet extremely effective tips! Your lips will be smooth and healed again before you know it when you employ these five strategies.

1. Get Some Aloe Vera

aloe-veraAloe vera is an amazing plant that’s known for being anti-inflammatory and soothing on your skin. Many people also take the juice of this plant internally to help their skin appear youthful and to slow down the aging process.

Aloe vera is also known to be great for digestion, detoxing the body, and even helping with acne. The benefits of aloe vera go on and on, but let’s talk about what it can do for your sunburned lips.

For this treatment, you can either use fresh aloe vera juice right from the plant or some from the store. Be sure to read the ingredient list and try to stay away from those products that have preservatives or dyes in there. Getting fresh aloe vera juice at your local organic market is easy.

Although generally not cheap, aloe vera is extremely soothing and feelings amazing on sunburned lips. If you don’t want to use fresh plant juice, buy a quality aloe vera gel with minimal ingredients. It also helps to have a plant sitting around for times like these—they’re easy to grow and very useful!

Directions: Simply apply to lips several times a day or as needed to soothe and heal sunburn.

2. Apply a Cold Compress

This simple yet very effective remedy for sunburned lips is about as inexpensive as it gets and is easy to do at home or even on-the-go. A cold compress applied several times a day will help bring the temperature down on your lips and help your body to heal. Just be sure to not rub the compress on your injured lips. Go lay down somewhere and allow it to sit on your lips for a few minutes. It’ll feel good and it’ll encourage your body to heal.

Directions: Let a cloth soak in very cold water for a moment or two, then let sit on sunburned lips for a few minutes. Apply as needed or several times a day for relief.

3. Moisturize Your Lips

coconut-oilStop putting toxic chemicals on your lips and on your body—moisturizing does not mean grabbing the nearest bottle of lotion or lip balm and putting it on there. Many of these conventional lotions and lips balms contain toxic chemicals such as synthetic fragrances, parabens, and artificial dyes that have been banned by the FDA for food use, but are apparently fine for cosmetic use (they’re not).

So what should you use to keep your sunburned lips moisturized?

You have many natural options, from buying natural lip balms to making your own. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer and is soothing and totally natural. You may also choose to mix it with shea butter to further protect your lips. Olive oil, beeswax, almond oil, vitamin E, and honey are all great to use as moisturizers. People often have these at home as well, and many of them are inexpensive. Try to use organic and raw whenever you can—your skin can absorb pesticides!

Keeping your sunburned lips moisturized will help your body to heal them and help prevent cracking and bleeding in cases of severe sunburn. Conventional lip balms or lotions may hurt your lips even more!

Directions: Apply moisturizer of choice as needed or whenever lips are dry throughout the day and before going to bed at night. Do not apply a thick coat, a thin layer is all that’s needed for your sunburned lips.

4. Drink Water!

It seems like such a simple tip, but staying hydrated is crucial when you have sunburn on your body or on your lips. You should be sipping water throughout the day, and remember that drinks like soda or even tea don’t count towards your hydration. You want just plain water. If drinking plain water doesn’t appeal to you, you can opt for seltzer water or even mix some lemons, limes, or oranges into your water for taste.

Whatever you have to do, drinking water is essential for helping your body to heal as well as for healing your sunburned lips! Staying hydrated has more benefits than you think. It can even help you to lose weight, regulate blood sugar, and improve your skin’s appearance. Yay!

Directions: Aim to get at least 9-13 cups of water a day, depending on your size and activity level. Online calculators can help you determine how much water you should drink. It helps more than just your sunburned lips!

5. You Knew This Was Coming – Avoid Sun

You already ran a marathon—or went to the beach, whatever—you had your fun, now go home and stay out of the sun while your lips heal. Further exposure could worsen your sunburn and can prevent your body from healing. Don’t be a vampire, but just try and minimize your sun exposure. If you do go out in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen if you plan on being out for longer than a few minutes.

The sun is beneficial for our bodies and provides happiness and vitamin D. However, there is too much of a good thing, just like with anything else. Too much sun is damaging and can increase your risk for skin cancer. When you’re sunburned, try your best to avoid further sun exposure while your body is trying to heal.

Directions: Minimize sun exposure over the next week or so while your body heals.

How to Prevent Sunburned Lips

woman-holding-beach-umbrellaYou want to be outside in the beautiful weather and enjoy outdoor activities. Being outdoors and getting some sun is excellent for your body. Break a sweat, get some vitamin D, boost your mood. All good things, right?

Enjoying the sun seems harmless, but when planning to spend lots of time outdoors, you do need to take the proper precautions. You wouldn’t go camping without any gear, would you? (At least not by choice.) So don’t get sun exposure without the proper protection to ensure that you don’t get sunburned lips!

As mentioned earlier, many conventional products that claim to protect you from the sun are actually pretty toxic. Conventional sunblock and sunscreen contain harmful ingredients that your skin absorbs. Whatever is absorbed into your skin can hurt your body, including major organs such as your liver. Your skin breathes and can take these chemicals in, which is not a good thing if you’re using products filled with chemicals!

When choosing to wear sunscreen, look for natural brands that have ingredients that you recognize and can pronounce. Conventional brands not only conduct animal testing and are owned by huge companies that manufacture other chemicals and toxic products, but there are loads of chemicals in there that are actually doing your body more harm than good when it comes to protecting your skin.

Protecting your skin isn’t just about sunscreen, it’s also about being choosy about what we do put on our skin. This includes makeup as well as lotions and anything else you choose to put on your body. From makeups that contain preservatives to lotions with estrogen-mimicking chemicals like parabens, you are better off using natural products for your skincare. The same is true when it comes to sunblock!

There are many natural options you can buy as well as options to make your own sunscreen for prevent sunburned lips.

The Bottom Line

Sunburned lips are not fun. Anyone who has ever had sunburn before knows that it’s not fun to have to deal with painful skin every time you move. If you have severe burns that don’t heal in a week or about 10 days, see your doctor. In the meantime, follow these five amazing tips for curing your sunburned lips. These natural remedies will effectively help your body heal and you’ll be able to eat and kiss again without pain very soon!

It’s also essential to prevent sunburn whenever possible. Protect your lips by using sunscreen and reapplying as needed if you plan on spending the day entirely outdoors.

Using natural and organic products to protect your skin is just as essential as preventing sunburn. Both sunburn and these toxic chemicals can be linked to cancer, so avoid them just as you would any other toxic chemicals in your home or in your environment.

Protect your lips from sunburn, but if you do accidentally end up with sunburned lips, follow our tips for making them better again in no time!

Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who’s passionate about health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.