According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, in the past three decades, more people have had some form of skin cancer than all other cancers combined! To help lessen your chances, it’s essential to adopt smart and safe skincare habits into your daily routine. Dr. Ashely Magovern, Project Sunscreen’s co-founder and a board-certified dermatologist, says, “It’s simple to incorporate ‘the sunscreen habit’ into your routine when you find products you love.” An excellent place to start is with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s easy to apply and make sure you frequently use it throughout the day.
Try these As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Es of smart sun care, courtesy of Project Sunscreen:
A) APPLY. PROTECT. REPEAT.
Apply 15-20 minutes before heading out and reapply every 80 minutes if you’re in the water (even with water-resistant formulas) and at least every 2 hours if you’re staying dry.
B) BIG FLOPPY HATS & SUNGLASSES
As if you needed an excuse to accessorize… Wide-brimmed hats and coverups are a great way to give your skin a break from the sun.
C) TAKE COVER
Seek a little shade every now and then, especially between 10am-2pm, when the sun is at its peak.
D) DON’T GET DUPED
Just because you don’t see the sun, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Harmful UVA and UVB rays have no problem slipping past clouds and haze.
E) EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE. EVERYDAY.
Skin cancer doesn't discriminate. Use it all over (including ears, eyelids, and lips!) and do it all day, every day.
Lastly, Rachel Henderson, co-founder and CEO, Project Sunscreen, cautions everyone to keep in mind that UV rays can reflect off water, cement, snow and sand. So, please, don’t forget to roll on before you roll out to the beach, slopes, or park!