May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and I recently came across a fact that stopped me in my tracks: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. That’s a number equivalent to approximately 62 million people in the country – it’s the same as saying everyone in the 114 most populous cities in the US will get skin cancer in their lifetime.
And here’s another sun fact: Did you know that up to 80% of your wrinkles, lines and skin sagging comes from sun exposure? You might think that this sun exposure is from days you’ve spent on beach vacations, but it’s the actually the everyday incidental sun exposure that’s aging you – walking the dog, driving to work, gardening – a few minutes outside here and there throughout the day add up to hundreds of minutes of skin damaging sun exposure each week. That’s why it’s so important to make regularly applying broad spectrum sunscreen a daily habit. It will not only prevent the risk of skin cancer and signs of skin aging, but if you find the right one, you can get loads of other skin care benefits too.
Bioelements Broad Spectrum Sunscreens contain free-radical fighting antioxidants and soothing essential oils, and protection against both UVA and UVB rays while smoothing and moisturizing skin. But, just as important as what my sunscreens contain is what they don’t contain:
- NO synthetic fragrance
- NO artificial dyes
- NO parabens
- NO phthalates
- NO sulfates
- NO mineral oil
- NO petrolatum
They’ve been clinically tested to be non-irritating and non-sensitizing, making them great sunscreens for everyone – even if you have Sensitive skin! Depending on your lifestyle and how often you are in the sun on a day-to-day basis, you might need one of three SPFs: 15, 30, or 50. Here’s is how to know which one is right for you:
Sun Diffusing Protector has an SPF of 15, making it perfect for day-in, day-out exposure. If you don’t typically spend an extended period of time out in the sun on a daily basis and know you won’t be sweating it off outdoors, Sun Diffusing Protector is a good sunscreen for you.
RayDefense has an SPF of 30 and provides protection for an active, outdoor lifestyle. If you know you are going to be out in the sun for more than your short work commute or to go pick up lunch, turn to RayDefense for hydrating protection.
SPF 50 FaceScreen provides maximum protection packed with a ton of anti-aging benefits. In fact, the beauty editors at Dr. Oz’s YouBeauty.com named it “The Best Anti-Aging Sunscreen.” SPF 50 FaceScreen will not only protect against prolonged exposure, but also improves the appearance of lines, winkles and the feel of firmness.