Here's Why You Need to Keep Wearing Sunscreen in the Fall

Fall is approaching and we'll soon be saying hello to cooler weather, colorful leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice everything. With all this excitement comes the need for many to retire those sunscreen bottles and sun safety items until next spring.

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If this is you, make a pledge this fall and winter season to protect your skin --- yes, even when it's cloudy and snowy outside. It is extremely important to remember sun damage can occur throughout the year, no matter the season. 

Here are 4 facts that'll make you want to keep your sunscreen a part of your skin regimen this fall and winter season: 

1. Clouds: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays can pass through clouds. This is the reason people often end up with serious sunburns on overcast days.

2. Snow: Snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV rays, increasing exposure. 

3. Sunburns: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence (or a total of five sunburns sustained by any age) more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life."

4. Altitude: It is easy to get sunburned at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth's atmosphere to block the sunlight. According to WebMD, "UV exposure increases about 4% for every 1000 ft (305 m) gain in elevation."

Keep applying your sunscreen and UV stickers/wristbands. Your skin will thank you! 

Most Sunscreen Users Aren't Applying Enough, Study Says

A recent UK study published in the journal, Acta Dermato-Venereology, discovered sunscreen users are not receiving the full blocking benefits of sunscreen because they are simply applying a thinner layer than manufacturers recommend. 

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"Results showed that sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50, applied in a typical way, would at best provide 40% of the expected protection," stated in the King's College London study. 

Professor Antony Young from King's College London told Science Daily, "There is no dispute that sunscreen provides important protection against the cancer causing impact of the sun's ultra violet rays. However, what this research shows is that the way sunscreen is applied plays an important role in determining how effective it is." 

So, what can you do to make sure you're protecting your skin from the sun? Here are four key tips: 

1. Turn to an SPF of 30 or higher.

2. Make sure you're wearing UPF clothing, seeking shade when possible and wearing a wide-brim hat and sunglasses.

3. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

4. Don't forget to apply on your entire body, especially your eyelids, ears and feet. 

Source: Science Daily // Study: King's College London

 

#HOWMUCHISENOUGH Melanoma Awareness Video: A Must-Watch

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Melanoma Focus UK is the UK’s leading melanoma charity "working to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for melanoma patients." Earlier this week, they shared a video by Altruist Sunscreen, a not-for-profit dermatologist developed sunscreen, on melanoma.

 

It is the third video in a series of films concentrated on the need to protect yourself from the sun. The video highlights a solider, Mike, who was diagnosed with melanoma. The film asks the question ‘How Much is Enough?’ –– encouraging people to practice sun safety and wear sunscreen daily. 

READ: 5 Ways To Prevent A Sunburn This Summer

Credit: Altruist Sunscreen

Study: Using Sunscreen in Childhood Cuts Melanoma Risk

A recent Australian study found that childhood use of sunscreen can reduce the risk of melanoma by 40 percent in young adults. 

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The study, conducted at the University of Sydney, looked at data collected from approximately 1,700 Australians ranging in ages 18 to 40. They studied those who were regular users of sunscreen as kids and compared it to those individuals who rarely use sunscreen. 

The overall conclusion? JAMA Dermatology stated, "Our findings provided evidence that regular sunscreen use is significantly associated with reduced risk of cutaneous melanoma among young adults and identified several characteristics associated with less sunscreen use."

It is very important for parents and guardians to educate their children about the importance of sun safety and sunscreen. Make it fun with suncare products like UV Stickers, UPF clothing and bright hats!

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5 Sun Safe Sunscreen Tips for Summer

We all know the importance of sunscreen. Everyone needs sunscreen to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The sun's rays can cause sunburns, wrinkles and skin cancer. 

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With skin cancer rates are on the rise, we're breaking down five sun safe sunscreen tips to practice throughout the year. 

1. Apply 15-20 minutes before going outside. 

This will allow the sunscreen to create a protective layer on the skin. 

2. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. 

This is so important! Further reapplication is necessary if you are sweating or swimming. 

3. Make sure you're applying the right amount of sunscreen. 

The Skin Cancer foundations say 1 ounce (about a shot glass full) is the standard amount to ensure you properly covered the body. 

4. Throw out your bottle if it's expired. 

Sunscreens typically last 2-3 years. Check your bottle to make sure you're using an up-to-date sunscreen. 

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5. Sunscreen can't be your only form of sun protection. 

Wear a hat, seek shade when possible and opt for UPF clothing. 

Common Mistakes In Self-Diagnosing Skin Cancer

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. We recommend doing a thorough at-home skin exam. Pay close attention to new and old moles, freckles and spots that seem to be changing in size, shape and/or color.

Below are some common mistakes in self-diagnosing skin cancer, as well as knowing the types of skin markings on the body, called the ABCDE's of Melanoma. 

 

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5 Key Facts About Skin Cancer

1. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.

2. An estimated one in five Americans will develop one of the types of skin cancer (such as melanoma) by age 70.

3. People of all ages can get skin cancer.

4. Skin cancer is most common in people older than 50 and who have a family history of skin cancer. 

5. Most skin cancers can be cured if they're caught early.

*These facts were published on the Skin Cancer Foundation website. 

Burning Truth: Is A Higher SPF Better?

Q: Is a higher SPF better to use? 

A: According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is best for your skin. 

Higher SPFs don't provide that much additional protection. An SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB radiation, while an SPF 30 sunscreen blocks nearly 97 percent. And, an SPF 50 blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays. 

According to the FDA, "there is not sufficient data to show that products with SPF values higher than 50 provide greater protection for users than products with SPF values of 50.” 

Relying solely on a high SPF (like 50 or 100) can lead to a sunburn –– causing the consumer to not apply enough sunscreen (should be a shot glass full). No matter what SPF you are using, always remember to reapply every two hours

 

 

How Common Is Melanoma?

The American Cancer Society estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women).
  • About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).

The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.

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