Photo Credit: Jennifer Garner at Neutrogena Summit
Climate change and global warming have been on everyoneâ€™s mind lately. Hurricane Sandy and other extreme weather conditions and superstorms have made believers out of many skeptics.
It really is getting hotter outside. In fact, NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880. This warming affects everything from our stress levels to our risk of skin cancer, according to leading skin health experts speaking at the 2013 Neutrogena Sun Summit in New York City. (The event also included a cameo appearance by Neutrogena Brand ambassadors and actresses Jennifer Garner and Sandra Echeverria.)
Drew Shindell, PhD, a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institut
From fairest pale to luscious brown, all skin types need to take care in the sun. Skin cancer can strike anyone, regardless of color, and can occur even with skin types rich in melanin. If you have lighter skin that burns easily, you have a higher risk of developing skin cancers, but contrary to popular belief, deep pigmentation does not make you immune.
With all skin tones, the key to prevention is protection, which means avoiding sun exposure during peak hours, wearing protective clothing and, of course, using broad spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks.
â€œSkin cancer prevention is the same for all skin types â€“ sun protection, sun protection, sun protection,â€ said Washi
Just because summer is winding down, thatâ€™s no reason to forget about protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Remember, the sunâ€™s rays are just as damaging on a cloudy day in December as they are on a sunny day in August.
Thatâ€™s why we at Beautyinthebag are so glad to learn of a product like MD Solar Sciencesâ€™ Mineral Screen Tinted Gel SPF 30+ ($24). Developed by dermatologist oncologist Dr. Robert J. Friedman to adequately protect your skin, the gel is specially formulated to apply effortlessly and wear like a prestige beauty product.
â€œIf sunscreen went on comfortably, virtually undetectably, and didnâ€™t interfere with moisturizer, makeup or clothing, wouldnâ€™t you wear it every day?â€ asks Dr. Friedman.
When I think of skin cancer, I immediately think melanoma, the most serious and deadliest form of skin cancer, which forms in the cells that produce melanin.Â But, little did I know that precancerous lesions, such as Actinic Keratosis (AK), the most common precancer, affect more than 58 million Americans.
Actinic Keratosisâ€”also known as solar keratosisâ€”is a precancerous skin condition brought on by sun exposure and often appears on the face, forearms, chest and back, but can also surface anywhere on the body.Â The lesions tend to be raised and are usually scaly or crusty, and more common in those with fair complexionsâ€”blond or red hair and green or blue eyes