Shield the harmful UV rays this summer with these new, top-of-the-line sunscreens recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and although it’s not the peak of summer yet, that time is creeping up. For some, sunscreen is part of the daily routine. It is the final step in a healthy skin regimen. For many others, it is an afterthought on blistering hot summer days when the sun has already left it’s scalding mark. Time in the sun can be great fun on your summer weekends or vacations away, but the lasting effects of sun damage can be incredibly harmful. This should be no surprise by now, but many people still choose to ignore the fact that sunscreen plays an vital role in overall health, 365 days a year. Here are some surprising facts you need to know going into summer:
-On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
-An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.
-People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.
-Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent and the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
-Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men, along with liver cancer and esophageal cancer.
-About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
-More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer because of smoking.
So, in order to make this your best and healthiest summer to date, we have gathered nine of the very best sunscreens that are Skin Cancer Foundation-recommended (marked by a seal of recommedation on the bottle) and will protect your face and body daily. We even have some that are approved specifically for vigorous outdoor activities. What does the seal mean you might ask? Well, to earn it, the products must have their test results reviewed by an independent committee of photobiologists, experts in sun damage and sun protection.
The sun’s harmful UV rays can and will make it through clouds and on rainy days, by up to 80%, so put on a daily SPF facial moisturizer (and one for the body too). And if it has been two hours since you applied and you find yourself outside, reapply!
We can hear your future self saying "thank you" already.