We all love to bask in the warmth of the summer sun, but unfortunately, too much of it can be damaging to your skin. As June is Cancer Survivors Month, it is an opportune time to address the most common form of cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, nearly one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and between 40 and 50 percent of adults who live to age 65 will have basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.
In order to be able to help prevent skin cancer, it’s important to understand the causes. While a single sunburn probably won’t give you cancer, the accumulation of UV damage to your skin from multiple sunburns significantly ups your risk. When you get a sunburn, it’s evidence you had enough UV exposure to cause mutations in your DNA, putting you at increased risk for skin cancer. If you get five or more sunburns, your risk of developing skin cancer nearly doubles. Simply put, the more sunburns you get, the higher your risk.
We all know the best way to prevent a sunburn, aside from staying indoors, is applying sunscreen before stepping outdoors. Our aestheticians recommend using an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. One of the most common misconceptions about sunscreen is that a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 blocks twice as many UV rays as a sunscreen with SPF 15. However, the reality is that an SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UV-B rays, while an SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 97 percent, and a sunscreen with an SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of UV-B rays. So when you come across an SPF 100 sunscreen at the drugstore, know that it does not offer double the protection of an SPF 50.
Now that you know the importance of sunscreen, there are several ways to increase its effectiveness. First, always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It’s equally important to protect yourself against both UV-A and UV-B radiation. UV-A rays are known to contribute to wrinkles as well as increasing the risk for skin cancer.
SPF should be applied once in the morning as well as reapplied throughout the day. At Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, we have a variety of options for sunscreen for various skin types including sensitive and acne-prone skin, as well as ones that include a moisturizer. Most of our sunscreens are available in a tinted and non-tinted formula. One of our most popular sunscreens, especially for summertime, is the Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush. This powder sunscreen is perfect to throw in a purse or golf bag and easy to reapply for continual coverage throughout the day. Sunforgettable is tinted and offers sheer coverage and is available in SPF 30 or 50.
This week only at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center, you can stock up on your favorite sunscreen for summer! When you purchase one sunscreen you’ll save 15 percent and with the purchase of two or more, you’ll save 20 percent! Offer is valid in-store only through Friday, June 16. While you’re in, be sure to enter for a chance to win the Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center Sunsational Summer Beach Bag, valued at $260!