May is an important month (and not only because it’s the last month before our kids go on summer break—yay!), but also because it’s skin cancer awareness month. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bombard you with scary facts and figures about the disease, but if you are interested in knowing some statistics, I’ve included a great infographic from the CDC at the end of this post.
We all know that keeping your skin protected no matter your age is extremely important. I cannot stress that enough, especially since Melanoma is most common amongst adults 25 to 29 years old, and the second most common for those between 15 to 29 years old. I get it, sometimes we become a little forgetful, and we end up walking out of the house without applying sunscreen on our face or body (or on our children). Or we opt for the easier route and apply a spray sunscreen. But according to the FDA, there may be a potential risk of injuring the lungs from accidental inhalation when using this type of sunscreen, due to the harmful chemicals (nanoparticles) inside that can (not so awesome). If you’re new to nanoparticles and the safety of sunscreen, feel free to check out this article entitled Nanoparticles: Assessing Your Health Risk and Why You Should Care.
However, there are effective and natural sunscreen lotions that can keep you and your family protected all day long, whether you’re at the beach, swimming in the pool, taking a stroll in the park, or even camping. They are all made with non-nano zinc oxide and lots of love for your skin!
Natural Sunscreen Lotions
Here are three Beautycounter natural sunscreen lotions and products I absolutely cannot be without.
• Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30 is lightweight, water-resistant and does not leave you with white streaks. In addition to fighting against both UVA and UVB rays, the sunscreen contains aloe which keeps your skin hydrated, and green tea and blood orange extracts, which fight free radicals. Feel free to spread it all over your face and body—perfect for men and children too!
• Protect Stick Sunscreen SPF 30 is water-resistant, goes on smoothly and is ideal for everyone on-the-go. If you have a hard time rubbing the cream sunscreen on your kids, then this one is definitely for you. Just like the Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF30, this stick can also be used on the face and body, it keeps the skin hydrated and protected against UVA/UVB rays.
• Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 is one of my favorites! It’s a tinted moisturizer that not only protects, but it also helps reduce the appearance of age spots, brightens your skin, and gives you a lightweight coverage that looks natural. This moisturizer is so great that it even won the Best of Beauty 2015 award from Allure Magazine.
If you’re all about safe and harmless products that are effective, then we certainly think alike. I love the Protect All Over Sunscreen and the Sunscreen Stick from Beautycounter for my family, and I really like the Tinted Moisturizer for myself because it gives me such a wonderful glow without making my face look like a cake. Remember, you only have one skin, so take as much care of it as possible with products that will not cause more damage.
Skin Cancer Awareness Infographic