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SPF Skin Care Products For Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Practice Safe Sunning During Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Here's an excerpt from OnSugar blog Queen of the Quarter Life Crisis:

So if you don't already know, May is national Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This is something especially near and dear to my heart, as my closest Aunt passed away of skin cancer when she was only 43 years old back in 1996. Luckily, more and more people are becoming aware of how harmful the sun is to our skin and health but it's still not enough. . . And even though it's the most preventable cancer, it's also one of the most deadly.

Skincare giant La Roche-Posay created this great new public awareness campaign called Save Our Skin in hopes to increase awareness. For every person who signs up for the campaign, La Roche-Posay will donate money to The Skin Cancer Foundation and the Women's Dermatological Society. In the meantime, here are my current SPF favorites.

Find out her choices when you read more.

  • Too Faced Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm SPF 15 — People often forget that, yes, even your lips can sunburn. This product is inspired by the brand founder's sister, Lisa, who is battling stage IV melanoma (and kicking its butt). A huge portion from sales goes towards the Love Lisa Melanoma Research Foundation Grant to help find a cure.
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 For Face — My complexion is tricky at best. I've tried a lot of "for the face" sunblocks and this one is by far my favorite. It's super light, but you still get excellent protection from the sun, without the breakouts.
  • Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 70 — I already listed this cooling mist as one of my Coachella essentials, but I use this on my body pretty much any time I go to the beach. As a freckled white girl, the sun gets me hot faster than most, and this is the perfect cooling agent.

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bellazmom bellazmom 7 years
Considering how huge the Internet has become, I have been finding it remarkably hard to find reliable information on sunscreens. My son is a red-head with extremely pale and sensitive skin. I've spent weeks trying to research what would be best to try to smear on an active preschooler. At his last check-up, I talked to his pediatrician, and he recommended any drugstore brand that was waterproof, hypoallergenic, and had broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. I asked about "paraben-free" and he said it would be better to avoid the sun burn than panic about parabens, so we're trying Coppertone KIDS Pure & Simple Sunscreen this summer. If anyone has a good Web site for comparing sunscreen brands, I would be happy to get a recommendation.
QLCJamie QLCJamie 7 years
Thanks BellaSugar! As they stated, I was sharing my personal story about my Aunt who died VERY young of melanoma. I never said that the sun is the only thing that causes cancer but the fact that some people still think that they don't need to wear SPF (physical or chemical) blows my mind. I respect the right for everyone to have their own opinion but facts are facts -ask ANY dermatologist and they will tell you that regardless of ethnicity or skin type, you DO need to wear protection...and ALL the time. Not just sometimes. Of course moderation is key to everything in life but you should be wearing SPF whether you're going to the beach or even just walking down the street. I urge everyone to speak to a doctor about this if you haven't already. Melanoma is the most preventable type of cancer!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I prefer physical sunscreens to chemical ones myself, but especially for someone who burns, some form of protection is necessary. This reader was simply telling her personal story in the hopes that others would take care of themselves, and I'd ask that we respect that.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
I definitely wear sunscreen, regardless of Vitamin D - I'm a pale redhead, I burn. I also often wear hats. Without these precautions, I get burned and I get dark freckles.
taylvs3 taylvs3 7 years
i was going to recommend peter thomas roth's brush on sunscreen anyway, but especially ni lgiht of the earlier warnings about chemical sunscreens. it's a physical powder, you don't get your hands greasy, and you can apply it over makeup. seriously awesome. i have spf30, i think they hve higher ones now too, and for different skin conditions (ex. aging, acne).
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ok, image won't post. basically, all i'm saying is that staying indoors being afraid of everything is not a good thing. but laying out until you turn to leather is also not a good thing. moderation is key!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
but there's a difference between tanning and burning. i don't think it's fair to attack this post, as she's trying to be helpful. people who burn need to wear sunscreen! and even people who tan easily should wear it too, as it's bad for your skin for reasons other than cancer. you can still get tan with sunscreen on!!! i mean, who wants to look like this?
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
Also your body needs vitamin D! I know that we can take a supplement, but limited amounts of real sunshine are essential to your body, since vitamin D helps fight cancer. Like Anon said, enjoying the sun in moderation is key.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I agree with Anon. There are also known carcinogens IN sunscreen, and the greatest rise in melanoma has been experienced in countries where chemical suncreen is heavily promoted. EWG did a study of the effectiveness of chemical sunscreens, and 3 out of 5 provide inadequate protection from the sun. The toxic ingredients in the sunscreens are being absorbed into your skin and bloodstream. It's a smart idea to look into sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide instead of one formulated with ozybenzone.
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