THE TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT SUNSCREEN

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Memorial Day weekend is coming up and I thought it would be the perfect time to write a post about sunscreen. I really love blogging and sharing my fun finds and tips and tricks with you but sometimes, I feel the need to get serious. I know I sound like a broken record when I jammer on about sunscreen but it is because I love you all and want you to be safe in the sun and enjoy your summer.  So, even though this will probably not be the most fun post you will read, it will likely be the most important. At least today, anyway…

I am constantly asked what the #1  anti-aging secret is and the answer is simple – Sunscreen. (Not to mention skin cancer prevention.) I have personal experience with the latter, so I am a fanatic about it.  As much good information as there is out there about the topic, people are still terribly  uneducated and I want to clear up a few misconceptions right here on the ‘ole blog.

THE TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT SUNSCREEN

First, let’s start with some statistics, shall we? 

STATISTICS

An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.

People who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.

Sun damage is cumulative. Only about 23 percent of lifetime exposure occurs by age 18.

One person dies of melanoma every hour .

The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

The estimated 5-year survival rate for patients whose melanoma is detected early is about 98 percent in the U.S. The survival rate falls to 62 percent when the disease reaches the lymph nodes, and 18 percent when the disease metastasizes to distant organs.

On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.

Do I have your attention? Good! Now let’s talk sunscreen.

THE TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT SUNSCREEN

Now let’s chat about some mistakes you might be making.

I ONLY NEED TO WEAR SUNSCREEN ON SUNNY DAYS

WRONG! You are still exposed to skin-damaging ultra violet rays on cloudy days and you can still get a sunburn.  You should wear sunscreen every single day of at least an SPF 30, but I personally prefer SPF 50. I love this one and this one is fantastic too.

CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN IS TOXIC AND CAUSES CANCER

Look, I prefer to use a natural sunscreen when I can, but have you ever tried applying a tube of that organic white stuff to a squirming 10 year old?  Don’t even get me started on re-application every 2 hours or when they are sopping wet out of the pool. Torture!!!!  I finally had to make a decision and I decided that it was better to spray a chemical sunscreen on my children in 20 seconds flat, than exposing them to the sun. I feel like I chose the lesser of 2 evils. Science seems to back me up on this:

“The medical consensus says such concerns are overblown. The link between photo damage and skin cancer is well established; the possible adverse effects of sunscreen chemicals far less so. And sunblock products in the United States are rather well-regulated: The FDA has considered sunscreen an over-the-counter drug since the late 1970s, making it subject to more regulatory scrutiny than cosmetic lotions, fragrances or creams that also penetrate the skin.”

I am not trying to talk you out of the non-toxic stuff if you have the patience for it, be my guest.  The spray  stuff just works better for my water loving kids.

MY FOUNDATION ALREADY HAS SUNSCREEN IN IT

This one drives me insane, people! Listen to my words: ” Even if your foundation does contain an SPF 30, which I doubt highly, it is not enough! Think of the SPF in your foundation or powder as a bonus layer of protection. Even if your beauty products contain SPF, you’re likely not applying them evenly or heavily enough to provide maximum protection. Use a sunscreen or moisturizer containing a minimum of SPF 30 under your makeup to ensure your skin is fully shielded from the sun.

 SUNSCREEN DOESN’T EXPIRE

Yes, it does. Get a fresh batch at the beginning of every season.  Using old sunscreen to save a few pennies is not worth it, trust me.

APPLY SUNSCREEN IN THE A.M. AND YOU ARE SET FOR THE DAY

Nope! All sunscreen needs to be re-applied, even the water resistant kind.  Every 2 hours is a good guideline, or every time you come out of the pool. Don’t forget your lips and ears. Men, don’t forget your bald spots. They are at high risk for cancer. A hat and sunglasses are always a good option as well.

Here are some great, makeup friendly sunscreens, lip balms and my favorite all over sunscreens :

 

 

Here are some of my favorite options for sensitive skin:

Neutrogena® Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+ – 3 fl oz • Neutrogena • $8.99
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 • First Aid Beauty • $30
Coola Suncare Cucumber Face Mineral Sunscreen Spf 30 • Coola • $36
Babyganics Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 • BabyGanics • $10.99
Blue Lizard Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 • $12.99–27.99
Banana Boat Sun Comfort with SPF 50+ Sunscreen Spray – 6 oz • Banana Boat • $7.99
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray • Neutrogena • $12.99
Fresh Women’s Sugar Lip Treatment • Fresh • $24
Fresh Women’s Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 • Fresh • $24
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm – Sunny Berry • Neutrogena • $8.99
UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31 • Elta MD • $10
Fresh Women’s Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 • Fresh • $25
Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF50 Daytime Moisturizer • Cetaphil • $16.79
Lancome ‘Bienfait Uv’ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen Spf 50+ • Lancôme • $39
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid • La Roche-Posay • $33.50
Drunk Elephant UMBRA Sheer Physical Daily Susncreen – $34.00

UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 • Elta MD • $26.

 

Now go out there and enjoy yourself!

XO,

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