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. 


"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


The One Place You're Probably Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Can you guess where you're probably forgetting to put sunscreen? 

Answer: your eye area

Researchers from the University of Liverpool released findings from a study about how we apply SPF. They focused on the places we miss when we do apply. How did they do this? They asked a group of 57 women and men to apply sunscreen to their faces. Using a special camera, they captured the places the participants missed.

The findings were fascinating. 

About 13% of the participants missed the eyelids and about 77% missed the area between the corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. 

Many sunscreen users probably think their sunglasses will protect their eyes – but they don't think of the damage if the sunglasses get taken off. Your eyelids are then exposed to the sun. Many users are also not use to applying sunscreen to this area in case it gets in their eyes. Ouch! 

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma on the eyelid account for 5 to 10% of all skin cancers.

Don't forget your eyelid area the next time you apply (AND REAPPLY) your face sunscreen! Your skin will thank you. 

Alcohol May Raise Melanoma Risk

White wine was the most clearly associated

A new study finds white wine is associated with higher rates of melanoma. The study was conducted by Eunyoung Cho, ScD, an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at Brown University.

Researchers analyzed data of large studies involved roughly 210,252 participants for about 18 years. In the study, they discovered total alcohol intake was associated with a 14 percent higher risk of melanoma per drink per day. Each drink per day of white wine was linked with a 13 percent increased of melanoma.

Furthermore, the link between melanoma and alcohol was found on the parts of the body where there was less sun exposure. Participants who drank about a glass and a half of wine were 2 percent more likely to have melanoma on their head, neck, arms and legs, but were 73 percent more likely to have it on their stomach or back.

The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention


A New Study Finds Sunscreen Can Reverse Signs Of Aging

We all know sunscreen protects us from sun's harmful rays, but would you be surprised to know it can actually do way more?

A new study by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., reveals sunscreen not only protects your skin, but also helps to erase signs of photoaging that already exist, like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

The study involved a group of 32 women (ages 40-55) –– each applying a moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to their entire face every day for a year. Participants saw improvements in sun spots, skin texture and skin clarity.

This is just another reason to wear SPF 30... daily.

Read about the entire study here