The month of May brings more sunshine, blue skies, and being outside for beach days. May also marks Skin Cancer Awareness month. As scary as skin cancer can be, thankfully it is the most preventable form of cancer.
Fact: 90% of our aging is a result of sun exposure. We have the power to protect our skin and slow the process of skin damage, aging and skin cancer prevention on our children for their future.
Kids watch and mimic what their parents do. Please wear a mineral sunscreen everyday to protect yourself and your family. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to protect your skin this summer. Share this article with your family and friends to help them do the same!
☀️8 Quick SPF Tips:
1. Apply approximately a shot glass amount of sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going into the sun or water.
2. Use mineral-based Broad Spectrum Protection to help protect against UVA rays which cause aging and wrinkles and UVB which cause burning and increase chance of skin cancer. Here’s our favorites!
Technically UVA can cause some skin cancers as well due to the breakdown and damage of the cells on a deeper level whereas UVB are more surface level skin damage.
3. Reapply every two hours, or every 40 minutes ideally if in water, sweating, exercising or toweling off.
4. For your face, an easy reapplication is the Eminence Sun Defense Minerals; safe for kids too. We also love our Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30.
5. Wear a hat and rash guard, it will help protect the areas you may have missed and add a little extra protection from the sun.
6. Limit your sun exposure time between 10:00-4:00. The UV rays are strongest during this time.
7. Bring an umbrella to stay comfortable and in the. shade at the beach.
8. UV Rays come through windows in your house, office and cars too, making it necessary for SPF daily.
Just because you have SPF on and do not appear to be getting a burn, there is no 100% block from the sun which means you are still absorbing the UVA and UVB rays.
For more information on skin cancer prevention, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website.
As we transition from indoors to outdoors this month, let’s be mindful of protecting ourselves and our family from sun exposure. Enjoy your vitamin D, but with all things, in moderation. 😎☀️