Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. There are two types of radiation, Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). UVB radiation is more closely linked with the development of skin cancer and melanoma, according to Cancer.net. That said, it’s important to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. Most of us enjoy spending time lounging by the pool or beach, soaking up Vitamin D, so read on as we detail some of the best ways to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
SPF is your new BFF
Layer up with sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher should be part of your daily beauty routine. WebMD suggests using a sunscreen that is "broad-spectrum,” meaning it protects the skin from ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) rays. One of our go-to SPFs is the Obagi Nu-Derm Sun Shield. It’s broad-spectrum and has SPF 50. Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before you plan on being in the sun, and reapplied every two to three hours you’re in the sun.
Beach Hat Season
Not only are wide brim hats adorable, they also protect you from the sun. A brim that's at least four inches all the way around protects the scalp and the tops of the ears, where people often forget to apply sunscreen, according to Allure. Monarch has a great selection of fashionable hats available that are perfect for any poolside party. The hats have a UPF 50+ Certified Sun Rating and are crushable for day use.
Stay Out Of The Tanning Beds
We know that having a tan feels great, but healthy skin feels even better! Artificial tanning devices can increase the risk of skin cancer and cause damage to the skin. In fact, those who’ve ever tanned indoors have a 67 percent increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, and a 29 percent increased risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, according to SkinCancer.org.
Monarch has a wide selection of suncare products. Find an SPF that you love and lather up!