Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's Talk Sunscreen

Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 (for face)
Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days SPF 30 (for body)

Let's talk about sunscreen.  Not technical talk, just personal experience (I'll make it short and sweet).  I have a hard time listening to people who say there is no point in wearing sunscreen, they don't like wearing it, they want a tan, etc. You see, I've had skin cancer removed... from my nose.  If I could go back in time and slather my face in sunscreen everyday of my life I would.  I've never been a sun person; I've never sunbathed or used tanning beds.  However, as a teenager I was a cheerleader and spent a lot of time outside. Even though I've used sunscreen fairly religiously since my early twenties, I believe my sun damage, and cancer, came from childhood and teenage time in the sun. So although I've had far less exposure to sun that some, I still saw consequences from it.  Now I can only take steps to prevent any future damage/cancer.  My dermatologist recommends using sunscreen everyday, regardless of how much time you are spending outside.  If you think you are protected from sun rays while sitting in your car during the morning commute, think again.  In fact, the doctor who removed my skin cancer said that is a big contributor for skin cancer on the left side of your face.  I also make myself reapply sunscreen every two hours if I am spending time in the sun, especially during the hours of 11-4. I also invested in a nice floppy, large brimmed sun hat to protect my face.  None of this is glamorous but I'm scarred for life and want no more skin cancer. 

Moral of the Story:  Wear sunscreen.  Reapply.  Invest in protective clothing.  Increase your sunscreen knowledge  (Caroline Hirons' recent video is really great for that).

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