Friday, May 25, 2012

Sunscreen 101

Summer is almost here, and with it comes the sun...and hopefully sunscreen. Many of us know that our moms always told us to put on sunscreen (and it often seems like a nuisance!), but here's why mom was right: every year in the United States, over two million people suffer from basal and squamous skin cancer, and another 75,000 are sick with melanoma, a severe skin cancer. How many people die? About 12,000 each year. These numbers are sobering, and, although sunscreen isn't a non-cancer guarantee, it drastically cuts down on your chances of developing cancer.

Here are some guidelines suggested by the American Cancer Society:

Avoid sun between 10 am and 4 pm, even on cloudy days!

Seek shade, when you're outside during these times.

Try to slip on a shirt over your bathing suit when you get out of the water for extended periods of time.

Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen (15 SPF and over!) are all in order. Don't skimp on the sunscreen either; reapply about every 2 hours.

Here are my personal suggestions for protecting your skin in style!

To protect hair: you can either put sunscreen in your hair (yes, I know.), or you can opt for a hat, and a stylish one at that!
  Try this color-blocked hat from Target! ($15)

To protect skin: make sure to get a sunscreen that is compatible for both body and face, ensuring that you won't break out like crazy when you apply it.
Try Trader Joe's Face and Body Sunscreen or Neutrogena's Clear Skin Sunscreen! (About $8 each)

To protect lips: Yes, it may seem insignificant, but your lips become wrinkled and dried the more you expose them to the sun without protection. Try Yes To Carrots Sweet Fig Lip Butter with SPF15! (About $3)

Get your protection on, and have a happy summer! (I'll be posting more "101"s the next couple weeks.)

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