Summer, the season of fun in the sun!  Doesn’t it feel so nice to be able to soak up the sun’s energy and warmth?  The sun is an essential part of life, but Mother Nature has no mercy.  We must enjoy the sun with understanding, responsibility, and caution.

SCARED? As we probably all know by now, most skin cancer is caused by damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  These rays are similar to radiation.  But did you know that getting sunburned only ONCE every 2 years, can TRIPLE your chances of getting melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer? MELANOMA is not only the most common, it is also the most preventable type of cancer there is.  PreventCancer.org stated that “Protecting your skin during your first 18 years can reduce your risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%.”

This really freaked me out because I have several risk factors for developing skin cancer. I am blonde, with blue eyes, and freckles.  And my younger (dumber) self used to frequent the tanning salons.

The new and improved Savana, now enjoys putting the care into skincare.  I make sure I cover my face and body with sunscreen anytime I am in the sun for a long period of time, even if its only 10 minutes.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends finding a sunscreen that states on the label:

  1. Broad Spectrum– Protects the skin from UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays, both of which can cause cancer.
  2. SPF 30 or higher
  3. Water resistant for 40-80 minutes. Sunscreens are NOT waterproof or sweat proof, so you need to re-apply.

Besides skin cancer, over exposure to the sun can be the culprit for a number of other skin conditions.  Wrinkles, dryness, and melasma are also gifts (not) from good ol’ Mr. Sun.

One of the things I have been noticing on myself lately, are dark spots, or melasma.  Unlike my freckles, the melasma presents itself in dark patches. They usually form above the eyebrow, on the cheeks, and on the upper lip. Skin Brighteners are known to lighten the appearance of dark spots, but sunscreen is still most important for prevention.  Check out our Solar Moisturizer SPF30.

If you are outside for a long time and forgot to put on your SPF, a hat and sunglasses are the next best option from protecting your pretty face from over exposure to the sun!

Be safe and remember to put the CARE into skincare.

Written By Savana for ICUskin.com