Health & Beauty

Throw Skin Cancer Some Shade

We’re super excited for summer. The kids will be out of school. The sun will be shining. The pool will be open, and the beach will be waiting.

Something more sinister will be waiting, too, though. That something is skin cancer. As we subject ourselves to UVA and UVB rays, we increase our odds of developing melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

The fear of developing skin cancer doesn’t have to keep you out of the sun, though. There are numerous advantages to living an outdoor lifestyle, such as increased levels of Vitamin D, reduced stress levels, and bigger odds of maintaining a healthy exercise regimen. You should be conscious of those harmful rays, though, and lather up before you go outside, even on a cloudy day.

Protect Your Face

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Your first line of defense as a woman should be your makeup. Because many women don’t want a greasy underlayer, they’ll skip applying sunscreen to their face. We don’t recommend skipping this step, but if we can’t convince you to apply, be sure that your makeup at least has some level of SPF. Arbonne, a vegan certified makeup brand with high quality products, has broad spectrum SPF 15 in their liquid foundations and mineral and compressed powders. Another area that people commonly forget to protect is their lips, so make sure you apply a lip balm or other product with SPF protection, too.

Protect With a Higher SPF Level

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While having SPF in your makeup is good, the levels are typically too low. While SPF 15 is the minimum recommended by most dermatologists, if you’re fair skinned you really should up your levels.

How do you do that without making your face oily? We recommend Arbonne’s Liquid Sunshine for Face. It’s incredibly lightweight and non-greasy, so if you put it on before your makeup, you won’t end up looking like a greaseball. No one will even be able to tell you’ve applied, but the SPF level of 30 will provide you more protection than makeup alone.

For the rest of your body, Liquid Sunshine for Body is a great pick. When those of us who typically burn easily have used it, we haven’t turned even the slightest shade of pink. To top off the SPF 30 protection, this sunscreen option is waterproof, meaning you won’t have to worry about burning up just because you took a dip in the pool, ocean or lake.

When You Burn

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Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you will burn. Maybe there was a spot you missed when applying your sunscreen. Maybe you forgot to reapply when you stayed out in the sun literally all day. Whatever the reason, you’re going to want relief fast.

While aloe is typically most people’s go-to, we prefer this Tepezcohuite Cream from ASDM Beverly Hills. Like aloe, it’s all natural, but its specific attributes make it great for those with sensitive skin and those who are suffering from burn wounds. At $22 a pop, this effective treatment will provide you seemingly miraculous relief without unnecessarily busting the budget.