Chances are you’ve gotten in the habit of applying sunscreen prior to heading to the beach or a summer concert. But, the giant orb is up there 365 days a year. Read on for tips on skin cancer prevention and ensuring you are prepared for the sun’s sneak attacks.
Dr. Gary Rogers from Tufts University shares some tips on summer skin protection:
Prevent future exposures – Wear sunscreen, hats or other protective clothing, limit time in the sun and avoiding tanning beds.
Learn how to detect skin cancer – The warning signs for melanoma are changes in shape, size or color of a mole and for non-melanoma skin cancers, the warning signs are a reddish, irritated area or a shiny bump or scar-like tissue. Any sudden or continuous changes in a mole or lesion are a sign you should see a dermatologist.
Conduct frequent skin cancer self-exams – Watch videos on how to check your skin, or go to AAD.org to learn how to examine your skin.
Attend free skin cancer screenings – Check for screening sites in your area or schedule an annual appointment with a local dermatologist.
Know your treatment options - Most skin cancers cases can be cured if caught and treated when the disease is limited to a small area of the skin. However, if the disease advances, it may have devastating consequences and could become deadly. Knowing what treatment options are available can help you decide if surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, topical or targeted oral treatments are the best option for you.
Sunscreen technology keeps improving; see below for some new and current sunscreen and sunless tanning ideas:
Coppertone’s CLEARLYSheer For Sunny Days line is targeted for acne-prone and sensitive skin. The sheer formula is matte and lightweight and can be used under makeup or alone. It’s available in body lotion, body spray, and face lotion. Its counterpart, the CLEARLYSheer For Beach & Pool, is water-resistant, and is available as mentioned (along with a min-spray). The Sport AccuSpray is a body spray featuring a controllable continuous spray for high performance, durable protection that is sweat and water-resistant. (Available at drugstores)
Self-tanning is a breeze with Vita Liberata pHenomenal Tan Lotion and Rapid Tan. The Tan Lotion provides a long lasting tan in a hydrating formula good for sensitive or dry skin. It’s odorless, easy to apply, dries on contact, and has a unique moisture-lock system for a two to three week tan and 72 hour hydration. The Rapid Tan Mousse allows you to choose your shade—leave it on for one hour for a sunkissed glow, two hours for a golden bronze tan, and three hours for a dark tan. (Available at Sephora.com)
DERMAdoctor Brazilian Bombshell Skin Perfecting Body Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 combines rainforest botanicals and Flawless Sapphire Complex to help enhance the appearance of skin and mask imperfections. (Available at Sephora.com)
The new Amarte Ultra Veil Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a super light, water resistant facial sunscreen. Six botanical plant extracts protect and condition skin while offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The mild formula is good on all skin types including sensitive skin. (Available at amarteskincare.com)
NEOVA approaches the sun’s rays in a couple of ways. The sunscreen line includes DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer (Broad Spectrum SPF 40), an oil-free, color-correcting cream with a sheer tint. DNA Damage Control Everyday (Broad Spectrum SPF 44) defends against the sun and restricts the appearance of sun-inflicted damage. DNA Damage Control Active (Broad Spectrum SPF 43) is 80 minutes water-resistant and is ideal for active lifestyles. And for post-sun, DNA Total Repair is a skin care treatment that features DNA repair enzymes and antioxidants for damage inflicted to the skin by UVA/UVB rays. (Availble at neova.com)
MB Suncare has teamed up with the city of Miami Beach; a portion of the proceeds from sales will go to help clean up local beaches. MB Suncare’s line includes the SPF 15 Salt Water Sport Sunscreen Gel which provides a natural cooling effect while protecting from the sun. The SPF 30 Triple Action Sea Kelp Sunscreen Lotion provides the benefits of seaweed’s natural sunscreen while firming the appearance of skin and protecting against photo-aging. The SPF 50 Sport Spray Sunscreen is a long lasting, quick drying, water resistant protection spray. The Instant Color Sunless Bronzer Glow Lotion provides temporary instant color that’s easy to customize. (Available at miamibeachsun.com)
L’Oreal Paris has a couple of new sunscreens. For the face, the Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion is a lightweight tinted face lotion that contains color-equalizing pigments to correct, even, smooth, and brighten the skin. It’s available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+. For the body, the Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finishing Spray is an alcohol free aerosol spray. It provides a non-sticky matte finish. It’s also available in SPF 30 and SPF 50+. (Available at drug stores)
The new SkinCeuticals Physial Eye UV Defense SPF 50 is designed specifically for the thin, delicate skin around the eyes. Though the skin around the eyes represents 1% of the skin’s total surface area, 10% of skin cancers occur in the area. The 100% mineral filter base defends the entire eye area and offers SPF 50 protection without irritating the eyes. (Available at skinceuticals.com)
Illuminate and protect the delicate skin on the décolletage with the Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Décolleté Treatment SPF 20. The treatment helps soften, firm, and brighten the skin, while the UV protection guards against discoloration and photo-aging. (Available at ernolaszlo.com)
Bring relief to sunburn, redness, and inflammation with the Le Mieux Iso-Cell Recovery Solution. The alcohol free formula contains organic zinc, which activates natural enzymes, and polyol, which reduces itching and nourishes the skin. (Availble at myskincarebox.com)