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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. 

Toady is Global Running Day

The world's largest running party is today. Global Running Day encourages everyone to get moving and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. 

In 2006, Austrian researchers reported marathon runners face an increased risk of skin cancer because of long sun exposure. Stay sun protected today and throughout all your runs with these five tips: 

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1. Wear sunscreen

Apply a waterproof, sweat resistant sunscreen 15-20 minutes prior to your run. This will ensure your sunscreen has absorbed properly. 

2. Opt for a Sunburn Alert UV Wristband

This will help you remember when it's time to reapply. Many runners forget to reapply, causing them to get a sunburn hours after their run. The UV Wristband will be your friendly reminder. Carry a small tube of sunscreen in your pocket or running belt. 

3. Don't forget a hat

Wear a baseball cap or visor to ensure your face is staying protected from the sun. 

4. Don't run in the heat of the day

Avoid the summer heat by choosing to do your runs in the morning or evening. The temperatures will be cooler –– causing you not get overheated. 

5. Protect your eyes

This is so important! Wear running glasses that sit snug on your nose and opt for UPF protective clothing.  

Key Facts on Melanoma | Sunburn Alert

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, accounting for over 5 million cases each year. Fortunately, this type of skin cancer is very preventable.  

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READ: Spotting Suspicious Moles

The American Cancer Society has estimated the number of melanoma cases in the United States for 2018: 

  • 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).

Want to know exactly HOW to stay sun protected this summer? Here are our top four tips:

  1. Wear sunscreen: This is an obvious one. Apply after cleansing and before makeup about 15 minutes before going outside. 
  2. Reapply: This is forgotten by most people. Apply your sunscreen every two hours. 
  3. Wear protective attire: This includes hats, UV protected clothing and sunglasses. 
  4. Stay out of the sun: Make sure to seek shade when possible! 

Source: The American Cancer Society

5 Sun Safe Sunscreen Tips – Sunburn Alert

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. 

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

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

 

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.