A new study performed by the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas found that sunscreen, shiny lip balm, and lip glosses could additionally hurt the skin and contribute to developing skin cancer.

The study revealed that less than one-in-four Americans wear some form of lip protection. This is worrying since lips are likely to suffer consequences of sun damage such as aging and serious cancers.

Although people use sunscreens, most of the time they forget the lips. The problem with the lower lip cancer is that it tends to get aggressive and metastasize to surrounding lymph nodes.

People are not aware that they are increasing the chances of light penetration through the lip surface by applying something clear and shiny.

Dermatologists are advising women to start using sun protection underneath the lip balms and glosses. Those planning to stay outdoors for more than 20 minutes should apply a specific lip sun block with an SPF of 30. It would be ideal to get a lip balm or a lip sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 and apply it a few times throughout the day.