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May is lots of things to lots of people. To me, it’s when I celebrate my birthday as well as my brother’s, sister’s and daughter’s birthday. It’s when May Day and Cinco de Mayo and Holocaust Remembrance Day and Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are celebrated.
May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and according to recent research from the American Cancer Society 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime with the bulk of that (90%) caused by over exposure to the sun. Sun avoidance, or at least protection, is still your best weapon.
Here, the top tips to keep you covered:
- Avoid the sun between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun is at its highest in the sky and the UV rays are at their greatest.
- Never, ever use a UV tanning bed. In fact, multiple studies have shown that there’s a link to exposure to UV radiation from indoor tanning devices and increased risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
- Cover up with tightly woven clothing, don a hat and wear UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ every single day, rain or shine. Apply at least 1 ounce to your entire body each time you apply and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming, exercising or sweating. *For extended outdoor activities make sure your sun protection is water resistant.
- Get familiar with your so you’ll notice any changes if they occur plus visit your dermatologist every year for a head to toe skin check.
- Use a mineral based foundation for broad spectrum extra protection from the sun. It starts working as soon as it is applied.
- Apply transparent window film to car’s windows. Since glass only blocks the sun’s UVB rays, they UVA rays make it through, exposing you to their damage. Transparent window film will block virtually all of the UVB and UVA rays without reducing visibility.
Check out our smart product picks:
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 ($57) is formulated with Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides and Calcified Red Algae for superior sun protection, sheer color and added environmental protection. This easily portable protection gives light coverage in an easy to apply delivery system for broad spectrum, water resistant protection. It’s available in matte and shimmer formulas and can be applied on the head, face, neck, chest and back of hands. Available in 5 shades, plus a similar SPF 20 loose mineral foundation formula for medium coverage in 9 shades.
Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28), a multipurpose mist that protects against UV rays, sets makeup beautifully, controls oil and prevents shine. It’s formulated with rosemary for added antioxidant protection and mint to soothe inflammation and refresh your senses.
Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare UV Neutralizer – Tan Enhancing ($30) is drinkable sun protection. To use, drink 2ml of this sunscreen 1 hour before heading out for SPF 30 protection. It works by utilizing the exact frequencies needed to neutralize the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Repeat every 4 hours as needed. Ideal as a backup plan, added protection or if you forget to apply or reapply your topical sun protection.
*Note: Products were sampled in store. Opinions are my own.