Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! Nothing says 4th of July (or summer) better than a cold, sweet, juicy slice of watermelon. Watermelon and sunscreen that is.
Watermelon is tasty. Sunscreen saves lives; It can help prevent wrinkles, sunspots and even cancer. It can save YOUR life! I think it’s the closest thing we actually have to a real ‘fountain of youth’.
According to the American Cancer Society, Melanoma cancer causes the majority of skin cancer deaths. The average age of diagnosis is 63, but melanoma rates have been increasing over the past 30 years and it’s not uncommon to be found in young adults now. In fact, it’s the number one type of cancer for people under the age of 30. (especially women)
Yes, it’s time to enjoy a little relaxation and some fun in the sun but please don’t forget the sunscreen!
Fun, Sun, Sunscreen, Sunburns
We recently enjoyed a week-long vacay in sunny (aka HOT) Palm Springs, California. This is one of our favorite getaway spots. We visit often so I was well prepared. Or so I thought!
I had sport, waterproof, sensitive skin sunscreens. Spray-ons, lotions, and oils. In the beach bag, in my purse, even in the car. I was ready. And this year I was going to save my skin. I promised myself NO SUNBURNS!
I wore a baseball cap in the pool and a big floppy straw hat under the shade umbrellas.
Something was wrong though. I could feel my face burning when I would get in the water or reapply sunscreen. (I was reapplying every time I got in and out of the pool.) And even with all my precautions, I got a sunburn.
After our trip I went to my dermatologist. I found out I was using the wrong sunscreens.
Here’s what I was using
A sweat-proof, lightweight SPF 55 sunscreen, Neutrogena. I would sometimes grab the kids sunscreen if it was handy. I was diligently applying them. But I still got sunburned!
BUDGET FRIENDLY- Savings not worth the damage
TIP #1 RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
I thought the more expensive sunscreens were just a gimmick and if I had one with a high SPF (sun protection factor) it would protect me just the same. Not true. SPFs can vary greatly from brand to brand. They are not always consistent therefore it shouldn’t be the only thing you base your purchasing decisions upon.
- Ask lots of questions.
- Ask doctors.
- Ask friends.
- Read reviews
- Learn everything you can to find the one best suited for your skin and activities. Different activities may need different sunscreens.
TIP #2 USE A HIGH QUALITY SUNSCREEN CONTAINING ZINC OXIDE
It may cost more money but your skin is worth it.
It turns out that the Banana Boat for Kids contains Titanium Dioxide which is not the same as Zinc Oxide. It can actually be harsh on sensitive skin.
And the Neutrogena designed to provide “superior” sun protection with Helioplex Technology (whatever that is) just didn’t live up to my expectations. Not only did it sting when I applied it, my skin burned easily even with frequent repeated applications.
TIP #2 USE A SUNBLOCK CONTAINING ZINC OXIDE
- Sunscreens are not blockers. Just screens. Easy for sun to get through. I needed Zinc Oxide.
- MINERAL SUNSCREEN (what I am now using)
ELTA MD is a chemical-free natural mineral sunscreen that has antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. It is water-resistant. UV Physical withstands water, humidity and perspiration.
Elta MD, UV Physical has zinc oxide to physically block out the sun.
Cost $40 approx
You can apply this every morning before foundation. Bonus: it’s tinted. If you don’t need a lot of coverage you can apply and go!
Tip #3 USE 2 SUNSCREENS
I have learned that it’s good to top off your daily morning routine with a final layer of sunscreen. That doesn’t mean your foundation with a built-in SPF. It means a mineral powder sunscreen on top of your foundation.
- SUNFORGETTABLE – Colorscience has created a mineral sunscreen powder brush that is easy to carry around which makes reapplying through-out the day a breeze! You simply apply over your makeup as a finishing touch as you walk out the door. Then reapply anytime you go outside throughout the day.
Cost $60 approx (or you can purchase the box of 3 for a decent discount)
Normally I would buy a less expensive product that’s similar, but this one came so highly recommended I wanted to try it. This one tube can last up to 90 days.
My sunburn will peel and be forgotten, but the skin damage is done. Armed with new found knowledge and sun blocks, I’m looking forward to a better skin care summer this year. Glad I learned this lesson early on in the sunny season!
Using a little extra care and the right sunscreens, we can have healthier skin than ever thought possible. Instead of raising skin cancer rates let’s reverse them.
We can stop the endless searching for the fountain of youth and all go enjoy a little relaxation and fun in the sun. 😉