Love the Skin You’re In

While Jersey Shore may show popularity of tanning, we’re seeing more and more awareness regarding the dangers of the sun as well as indoor tanning beds. The statistics on skin cancer are alarming. Here are a few stats from sources listed on the Skin Cancer Foundation website.

  • “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour (62 minutes).
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
  • The incidence of many common cancers is falling, but the incidence of melanoma continues to rise at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers.
  • Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.
  •  The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an affiliate of the World Health Organization, includes ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices in its Group 1, a list of the most dangerous cancer-causing substances. Group 1 also includes agents such as plutonium, cigarettes, and solar UV radiation.”

 

Create a Sun Protection Regimen: With these scary statistics, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun and practice sun safety.  In honor of the last remaining week of Melanoma May or Skin Cancer Awareness month, I’m sharing some beauty award-winning products to protect your skin and some fun celeb fav accessories as well.

  1. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours. We love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 85  (InStyle Best Body Sunscreen 2012)

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  2. For incidental sun exposure, protect your face daily with a facial moisturizer that contains the added benefit of sun protection. Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30 

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  3. Use a lip balm with sun protection.- Supergoop makes a product with SPF 30 and Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm is a SPF 50.                               
  4. Sunglasses are a must. Have some fun and wear your style.

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  5. Wear a stylish sun hat. Definitely a favorite accessory among celebs.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation also has recommended guidelines to follow when you’re in the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends an annual exam with your dermatologist and self exams at home. The Melanoma Research Foundation says to look for any spots that show signs of the ABCDE’s of melanoma (Asymmetrical Shape, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolution).  On the AAD website, you can search for a dermatologist near you or go to a free skin cancer screening this summer.  If you live on the east coast, there’s a few free screenings in the month of June sponsored by People Magazine & Neutrogena. Through the end of September, the Skin Cancer Foundation is hosting even more events nationwide with a “Road to Healthy Skin” bus tour. Here’s the schedule.  Dermatologists also partner with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) to provide screenings nationwide. Find one near your zipcode.

 

Anti-aging: Stars themselves are taking notice and wearing sunscreen to not only protect themselves from harmful UV radiation that causes skin cancer, but also as a preventive measure for anti-aging. If the dangers of the sun causing skin cancer aren’t enough to persuade you to follow sun safety, let’s examine the superficial facts related to aging. Dermatologists say that the best defense against premature aging is protecting the skin by wearing sunscreen. The sun causes wrinkles, sun spots, leathery skin, hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone, melasma, etc.

 

This picture was taken with a special UV camera. It is able to show the sun damage that has accumulated and will eventually begin to appear on her face over time. You may like the tan color short-term, but once you accumulate the sun damage, it’s yours permanently. Not worth it!

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Celebrity Sun Safety Role Models: With UV rays from the sun and indoor tanning causing skin cancer and aging, Pale natural skin should be the new tan!  Love and protect the skin you’re born with. Here’s a new PSA “Born” from the AAD.

 

Stars learn from and go to some of the top dermatologists, aestheticians, and skin specialists. So it’s no wonder that they understand the importance of sun safety.  Natural skin is definitely evident with the following A-list stars in Hollywood.  In preparing for her role as Snow White for the movie Mirror Mirror, Lily Collins has been quoted as being dependent on sunscreen to achieve that beautiful porcelain “fairest of them all” face. Anne Hathaway’s dermatologist stated in People Magazine that Anne has the most desirable celebrity skin and gives her credit for being religious about sun protection. Hayden Panettiere preaches about wearing sunscreen every day. Nicole Kidman also protects her fair skin from the sun’s harmful rays and is said to avoid the sun. Catherine Zeta Jones, Taylor Swift, Scarlet Johanson, Amanda Seyfried, Kate Winslet, Kate Blanchet, and Tina Fey are just a few of the stars who understand the dangers of the sun, play it safe, and have the beautiful skin to prove it.

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Other celebs support the cause of creating awareness regarding UV radiation. Jennifer Garner is the face of Neutrogena.  She also is featured in an ad campaign with Amanda Cosgrove and Gabrielle Union for Choose Skin Health. Ashley Greene is in Avon ads and is said to wear sunscreen daily. Brooke Shields was the face for Coppertone Nutra Shield in 2009. Rachel Bilson and Anna Faris have teamed up with the Skin Cancer Foundation and Jergens to encourage people to give up tanning routines and find safe alternatives to glow without the sun. Anna says she stopped her tanning bed ways after the guidance of a makeup artist, and now is determined to spread awareness about sun safety.

 

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Safe Alternatives: For those of you who still love the glow of a tan, there’s so many products now to achieve a natural looking tan without the dangers of the sun. The quality of spray tans has definitely improved over the years as has the over the counter beauty products for self tanners. My favorite thus far is St. Tropez Self Tanning Bronzing Mousse. You apply it with a glove so it delivers an even application and there’s no possibility of orange hands.  And very important for us fragrance sensitive people…. it doesn’t smell like self tanner!!  Gradual self tanners are also an option for the fool-proof application. You apply it several days in a row to gradually build the desired color of your tan. St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Body Moisturizer won the 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award and InStyle Best Body Self Tanner 2012. It’s also available in a face version called St. Tropez Everyday Face Moisturizer. If you do not like self tanners, Lorac TANtalizer won the 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award. It’s a temporary tan, like makeup for your skin rather than a self tanner. The easy to blend formula won’t rub off until you shower. For the face, Nars & Guerlain also make award-winning bronzers to give that look of a sun-kissed appeal using makeup.

 

While celebrities are taking notice on the importance of protecting their skin from harmful UV rays, it’s just as important that we all do so daily. With skin cancer and melanoma on the rise and in younger age groups, be sun safe starting now. Seek the shade, wear your sunscreen, find safe alternatives to get a natural looking glow, examine your skin, and visit a dermatologist annually.

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