If the skin above your upper lip is noticeably dark and pigmented, then chances are that you’ve gotten yourself a sun moustache! This darkened upper lip area can end up looking really unpleasant if left untreated. But what exactly is a sun moustache? And how do you prevent and treat it?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about this type of sun damage...

What is sun moustache?
 

What is sun moustache?

That sunrays damage your skin is no news. Ageing, skin cancer, wrinkles, dark spots, and pigmentation are some of the common side effects of sun damage. This is because constant exposure to the sun without enough protection can trigger your skin to produce an excess amount of melanin. When too much melanin gets clustered together in the upper lip area, it tends to become dark and pigmented. This dark, pigmented upper lip is called a sun moustache.

Why is your upper lip more prone to sun damage?
 

Why is your upper lip more prone to sun damage?

The upper lip is particularly prone to sun damage because it is very easy for your sunscreen to get unknowingly wiped out from this area. Each time you sweat, eat, drink or maybe even rub your nose, it’s quite possible that some of your sunscreen gets whisked away with it. This leaves your upper lip area exposed to sun rays with little to no sun protection, resulting in a sun moustache.

How to avoid and get rid of a sun moustache?

Use sunscreen every day
 

Use sunscreen every day

It is really important to use a sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, come rain or shine! This is the one skincare practice that you need to be absolutely religious with, even if you only plan to stay indoors. The discolouration will only get worse if you continue to expose your skin to the sun rays without adequate protection. So sun protection as well as frequent reapplication is your best line of defence.

Layer products
 

Layer products

If you have sensitive skin that’s more prone to tanning, then it would be a really good idea to layer the skincare and makeup products that contain SPF. Start with applying a moisturiser that contains SPF, followed by your usual sunscreen. Go on to then apply your BB cream or foundation, and then finish with a compact that comes with SPF.

Include hydroquinone products
 

Include hydroquinone products

If you have a pigmented upper lip area, you can use creams or gels that contain hydroquinone as one of the ingredients. Hydroquinone steps in to help fade dark spots. It takes consistent use and patience, but visible results should kick in after 2–3 months of daily use.

You can even try skin brightening products
 

You can even try skin brightening products

Products that contain vitamin C, glycolic acid and liquorice extracts are very helpful when it comes to brightening the skin and evening it out. To get quick and even results, you can use a combination of hydroquinone, daily sun protection and a skin brightening cream.