Did y’all know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime? And one in 50 will be diagnosed with melanoma.
If I had a dollar for every time that I heard someone say, “Well, if I die from tanning, at least I’ll die tan,” I would be able to buy as all unlimited spray tanning forever. (P.S – If you’ve ever seen someone going through cancer treatments, you know just how wrong that statement is. I don’t think I’ve ever looked so sickly.)
I’m not here to lecture you, I just want to give you a reminder to take care of your skin this summer! We’re only given one body, so it’s important that we take care of what we have. Here are my must-haves for summer skin protection & where you can find them!
Rash Guard – I’m so glad that these are so readily available to purchase now! My melanoma scar is on my arm, and I like to keep it covered when I’m out in the sun. (If it’s too hot for sleeves, I use a large bandage.) These are also great to wear if you’ve gotten too much sun the day before, but don’t want to miss out on beach time!
Sunscreen for your face & body – My skin is sensitive, so I’m not a big fan of using the same sunscreen on my face and body. (I also like to use a higher SPF on my face because I’m so paranoid about wrinkles.) For my body, I like to use a sunscreen spray. I miss less spots that way! Also, don’t forget to put sunscreen on the tops of your hands, feet, and ears. I typically use Banana Boat spray for my body and Clinique for my face.
Sun hat – I think that sun hats are so chic! I love that they shade my face from the sun, and I think they add a touch of glamour to any look.
Polarized glasses – I can definitely tell a difference in my polarized and non-polarized sunglasses. They reduce the glare and UV rays that you’re exposed to.
Lip products with SPF – Aside from the fact that sunburned lips are super painful, can you imagine having a cancerous mole removed from your actual lip? The thought of it just sends chills up and down my spine. Some high end makeup brands even offer lipsticks with SPF!
And last, but certainly not least, get your skin checked! Even if you have no history of skin cancer or melanoma in your family, it doesn’t hurt to get an annual skin checkup with your dermatologist.
I hope this post will inspire you to protect your skin this summer! If you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email! What are your summer skin care essentials? Any products I need to know about?!
Happy Thursday, y’all!
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