With May nearly behind us and summer just ahead, did you spend Skin Cancer Awareness Month getting hip to the best sun protection practices? If we were to guess based on the latest study by the Centers for Disease Control, we’d be willing to bet your answer is probably a sheepish “no.” It turns out that most of us are doing a pretty poor job of sun blocking.
"Less than 15% of men and 30% of women used sunscreen as recommended, and 42% of men reported never using sunscreen," according to the CDC’s study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Aside from blocking cancer-causing UV rays, your morning SPF moisturizer contributes to your natural moisture barrier. Together, these features prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.
When should you be wearing sun protection? Always and forever—or, at least any time your skin will be exposed to sun, which for most of us (except those working the graveyard shift), means on the daily. No ifs, ands, or pale bums.
Despite being one of the easiest kinds of cancer to prevent, skin cancer is more prominent than all other forms of cancer combined. “That’s why education is so critical,” says Dr. Perry Robins, president and founder of The Skin Cancer Foundation. “As a behavioral disease, it’s highly preventable.”
Make applying sunscreen to your face part of your daily skincare routine. If you’re wearing clothing that exposes your body to the rays above, don’t forget to lather the good goop on those areas as well. Aside from the face, the most common site where melanoma develops for men is their back and for women it’s legs.
Ditch the greasy, sticky, chalky, weird sunscreens of the past and grab a formula that promises SPF and skincare benefits to boot.
If you have problem skin, try a lightweight moisturizer like CeraVe AM, which can actually help to rebalance your skin's natural oil production. Founder and editor of Allure Magazine says about this amazing drugstore product: "I don't ever leave the house without it. I put it on my face and neck, hands, even earlobes.
And if you’d like to test out a whole caboodle of options, now is the time to experiment with the Sephora Sun Safety Kit: 16 deluxe samples for face, body, and lips with formulas that are as pleasurable to wear as they are protective—and a portion of each purchase benefits the Skin Cancer Foundation.