Spotlight on Skin Cancer
- Brooks Dibble
SUN SAFETY IS A HOT TOPIC…
…(pun intended) and with the growing spotlight on skin cancer and the safety of chemicals in SPF, we wanted to take a look at the organizations leading the way, the products changing the landscape and the advice of doctors on the pulse of what’s next.
Skin cancer rates are on the rise and The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Their website has amazing tools to help you determine your risk, inform you on what you can do to prevent skin cancer and how to detect potential skin cancers at an early stage, when they are almost always treatable.
How to Help: Beyond being an amazing educational resource, The Skin Cancer Foundation has many ways for you to help from hosting a fundraising event to education in schools.
There are many types of skin cancer, but Melanoma is the deadliest kind. The Melanoma Research Foundation estimates that 7,000 Americans die from Melanoma every year, and furthermore, Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 25 – 30 and the second leading cause of cancer death in women ages 30-35. The foundation is working to transform melanoma from one of the deadliest cancers to one of the most treatable through research, education and advocacy.
How to Help: From events and advocacy opportunities to shopping products that benefit the foundation, there are many ways to get involved.
PRODUCTS CHANGING THE LANDSCAPE…
…As the rates of skin cancer rise to epidemic levels, brands are working hard to innovate products and formulas to offer protection. There’s an increasing focus on mineral-based sunscreens (aka Physical Blockers), but what’s that all about? We asked Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Rhonda Klein, MD, MPH, FAAD to explain: “Mineral sunscreens are physical blockers meaning they sit on top of the skin and create a physical barrier to block and reflect the sun’s rays. The minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the main active ingredients in physical sunscreens.” She adds, “Chemical sunscreens absorb into the skin where they absorb UV rays, convert the rays into heat, and release them from the body. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone.”
Credo Beauty has done an amazing job of aggregating clean brands that perform well and are aesthetically pleasing (read: no white film on your skin all day). Not sure what to try first? They have a great 4-piece “Sun Set” ($29) with their bestselling and reef-safe sun care and SPF products.
Juice Beauty’s SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen ($16) is a great for all skin types. It is non-toxic while providing broad spectrum protection and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Don’t forget the lips! We love Lip Jao ($10) -- a hydrating lip balm that provides a natural UVA/UVB protection with its unique blend of clean ingredients.
Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free ($32) is great for full body coverage for the entire family. The zinc oxide-based formula is fast absorbing with a matte finish and is water-resistant (80 minutes).
ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS…
…We asked Dr. Klein to summarize the key takeaways on the topic:
SPF 30+ everyday, use a mineral-based physical blocker if you’re looking for a more natural formula -- these are also well tolerated on even the most sensitive skin types.
Apply 15 mins before sun exposure.
Reapply every 2 hrs., or immediately after swimming.
Invest in UPF clothing you will actually wear and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses --check out Swim Zip which has products for babies, kids, men and women.
We hope this read leaves you a little more informed and inspired to protect your skin this summer and learn more about the organizations and products that are leading the way to sun safety.