Sun Protection 101

Sunscreen Tips from a Melanoma Survivor


What are beauty mavens, who go tanning, doing to their skin?

Very simply put, they are adding years to the appearance of their skin and drastically increasing their chances of getting some form of skin cancer.

If that doesn't convince them to tan with SPF protection, consider these facts:

  • More women die from melanoma than from any other skin cancer.
  • Over 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.
  • One in five Americans will contract skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • More than a million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year.
  • One person dies every hour from skin cancer, primarily melanoma.

Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation, 


Do you have any words of wisdom or advice for tanning mavens?

You can still enjoy a day at the beach or a week-long vacation in Hawaii. Just be sure to apply sunblock before going outside. And, re-apply after a couple of hours or after taking a dip in the pool. Sun protective clothing is becoming more and more of an essential, too. It offers another protective layer, in addition to sunblock. Keep your head covered, as your scalp is an area that can get hit the hardest, and is the last place that we remember to apply sunblock to. 


Most people don't know this, but their clothing can play a role in skincare, right? In terms of fashion what types of clothes are great for keeping skin healthy while still looking fabulous?

Most lightweight clothing doesn't offer enough protection from the sun. Sun protective clothing is one of the most exciting developments in sun protection today. Cabana Life, which uses High-IQ Sun Protection on fabrics, is one of the few brands that offer fashion-conscious clothing with a UPF of 50+ (UPF measures the amount of ultraviolet radiation that reaches the skin after penetrating a fabric), blocking 98 percent of harmful UV rays. This is the highest rating given for sun-protective clothing.

In terms of silhouettes, look for tunics and hats. They are so easy to throw into your beach bag and over your swimsuit. Beach pants are also ideal—you can wear them over your swimsuit by the pool after you've gotten enough sun. They're also great if you're planning to shop or take a walk on the beach.

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