For today’s Motivation Monday, I’m going to attempt to motivate you to wear sunscreen every single day!
If someone told you that you’re going to get skin cancer when you are 55 years old but that if you put sunscreen on your face every day starting today, they would guarantee you won’t get it, would you do it?
You’d be crazy not to right?!
We all know that sunscreen doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get cancer, but we do know that it’s been scientifically proven to significantly reduce your chances of getting it.
SkinCancer.org says, “Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.”
So, if wearing sunscreen can reduce your chances of getting skin cancer, are you wearing it every day?
Most likely you’re not.
Why the heck are you not wearing it?!!! (cause I know you’re not crazy)
I know why, because you’re probably like most other people.
There are lots of different excuses for not wearing it.
You’re in a hurry and forget, you don’t like the feel of it, you don’t think it’s that important, etc.
Or even worse, do you lay out in the sun on purpose trying to get that ‘golden glow’?
I’m guilty of this one myself.
That’s not me with a golden glow in the pic below, that’s me with a raging sunburn from forgetting to reapply. (Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done!)
In the Power of Habit by Robert Duhigg, Robert discusses the phenomenon of why people don’t wear sunscreen.
He says that:
“consumers need a reward. They need to feel something to show it’s working.
When you brush your teeth you get a tingly minty sensation, when you use Febreze everything smells fresh afterwards.
But when you use sunscreen nothing happens. You don’t feel any differently. You can’t see the cancer that’s being prevented.”
5 Easy Ways to Help Change Your Mindset
With something as crucially important as preventing cancer, how can you change your mindset and turn using sunscreen into a daily habit?
#1 Educate yourself
Talk to your doctor or dermatologist about why sunscreen is important.
Research it on the internet.
Talk to family and friends about it.
#2 Appeal to your inner vanity voice
Go to PocketDerm.com to see shocking photos showing the effects of sun damage over time.
This alone should convince you!
Tell yourself each time you smother your face, arms, legs, etc., with sunscreen that you’re preventing skin cancer and wrinkles and that when you’re 65 years old you’re gonna look soooo much younger than all those other people your age who didn’t use sunscreen. (yes, I have to admit that I’ve actually told myself this one) Hey, whatever it takes to motivate yourself right?!
Dermatologists and mothers alike will tell you that sunscreen is the best way to prevent wrinkles, sunspots, and general redness.
Not only can wearing sunscreen every day prevent wrinkles, it may actually reverse them according to this Town and Country magazine’s beauty article. It says:
Wait, we have an update: Sunscreen may not just prevent new damage—it may actually roll back sun damage you already have.
According to a new study conducted by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and published this month in Dermatologic Surgery, not only does wearing a daily SPF fend off wrinkle-causing UV damage, it can actually help erase signs of aging. Researchers asked a group of 32 subjects to apply a moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen (the minimum protection recommended by derms) to their faces every single day for a year, then checked in every few weeks to assess issues like skin texture, clarity, and pigmentation problems (think sun spots and uneven coloration). After the full 52 weeks, what they found was that, with no other anti-aging products in the mix, most of the participants noticed a significant improvement in their skin.
#3 Make It A Ritual
I’ve talked before about the power of habits in this previous post.
Make wearing sunscreen part of your morning routine before you even step out the door.
For women, most makeup contains sunscreen so if you wear a foundation, just make sure you buy one that does.
For those who don’t wear makeup, there are tinted lotions and moisturizers that work just as well. There are even zinc oxides now that don’t make your skin look white as a ghost.
#4 Reward Yourself
Everyone loves a reward.
Even though NOT getting skin cancer should be reward enough, we know that doesn’t always motivate us.
So find physical things to reward yourself with as you work to develop the habit of protecting your skin.
Rewards can be as simple as a new self-tanner, a new sun hat or an expensive eye cream you’ve been wanting to try. A good skin polish is another nice reward that also refreshes your skin.
I have been telling myself that the longer I keep up my daily sunscreen routine the better my skin will look, but only if I am consistent, so I can’t slack off. This is a long term reward, but it’s a good one!
To give my skincare routine an extra boost, I plan to reward myself with a rejuvenating laser treatment at my dermatologist’s office. (after summer because they make my skin SUPER sensitive)
When you invest time and money into good skin care, you won’t want to waste that investment by not protecting your skin.
#5 Just Do It!
I’m a big fan of the Nike ‘Just Do It’ slogan! It’s easy yet powerful.
Don’t think about it, just do it!
This post is as much for me as it is for you.
Having struggled for years with skin issues and now with my skin thinning due to aging, I definitely feel that I look better when I rock a nice ‘golden glow’.
However, in trying to change my bad habits, I’m learning that there are some really great alternatives. (and I don’t mean tanning beds here)
Self-tanners and temporary lotions like Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs are both really good options.
They are easy to use and look just like a real tan would. (maybe even better actually)
If you’re not already incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine, please give it a try.
For more info, you may also be interested in reading my previous post Is Sunscreen the Real Fountain of Youth.
Don’t make stupid choices!
With all the information available today about the benefits of using sunscreen, it’s really stupid not to wear it.
The pros far outweigh the cons.
Yes it may be a little inconvenient and take a little extra time, but the benefits are more than worth it!
Let’s all make a commitment to be more conscientious of what the sun is doing to our skin and take actions against the damaging rays of the sun.
While a little sun is good for the mind, body, and soul, make sure you take the time to fight the rays that aren’t so good.
I’ve even been applying it to the kids whenever I can get them to sit still long enough for it.
If you have any helpful tips, please share by leaving a comment.
Who knows, your tips may even help spare someone from getting skin cancer!
Wearing sunscreen is something you won’t regret, but NOT wearing it might be.
Happy Monday! Happy Summer!
Stay HiP and wear sunscreen my friends!