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?

Think of how many times you tend to unknowingly wipe your mouth. This leads to sunscreen being wiped off from that area more than anywhere. Additionally, you also tend to sweat and rub your nose, making the area more susceptible to sun exposure without any sunscreen, 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 is very effective when it comes to eliminating dark spots and with regular usage, will definitely show visible results.

 

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.