Showing posts with label Awareness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Awareness. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The proper suncare you'll need this summer and the products I'm currently using! Plus free samples!

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about skin cancer and how to properly protect your skin against the sun. Skin Cancer is one of the most common Cancers in the US, affecting people of all ages. Since Summer is right around the corner, it's the perfect time to address sun protection, while still enjoying some time in the sun this season.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these simple options for protection against UV radiation—

  • Seek shade, especially during midday (10am to 4 pm) hours. 
  • Wear clothing to protect exposed skin. 
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck. 
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible. 
  • Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. 
  • Avoid indoor tanning. 

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    Of course since many of us can't wait for Summer so we can enjoy the nice weather and wear less layers, wearing a suitable sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher) is key.

    Sunscreen for the Face

    Although an SPF of 15 might be fine for the body, a higher SPF is recommended (minimum of 30) for the face. The lighter skin you have, the more protection you need. Most foundations don't contain enough SPF (or any) so wearing an additional sunscreen under your makeup is necessary for adequate protection. Why do you need more protection for your face? Aside from skin cancer prevention, the sun damages the collagen in your skin, which leads to - yes, wrinkles and premature aging. Also, the sun causes freckles and sun spots which you'll end up paying hundreds (or more) dollars in the future on chemical peels and AHA's to fade them, when you could just do one more step, like applying a layer of sunscreen on your face in the morning to avoid it all together.