This is a very personal post and not just about me.
About ten years ago, my darling mother was diagnosed with melanoma in her lower leg and after quick surgical removal, was left in a hospital bed with her leg elevated for a week.
Luckily, she has made a full recovery but not before a skin graft was rejected by her body and has been left with a sizable golf ball hole in her leg but, more importantly cancer free.
My parents have always drilled into my brother and I the importance of sun protection and I remember being the only girl at the beach or pool in a rashvest with snow white skin covered in copious amounts of sunscreen whilst other girls frolicked in bikinis with their beautiful bronzed skin. Now, who knows? Maybe due to my parents constant insistence of sun protection, I may just avoid my mothers agony and worry of what her skin diagnosis meant.
My family now attend regular skin solar scans where a doctor looks for irregular or odd looking moles that may possibly be dangerous and I already have a few spots that a doctor has suggested I could remove as a caution. Just last week I had my first mole removed that did turn out to be nothing of concern but it just reminded me how important it is to spread the word on looking after your skin for life.
So how can we protect our skin best? By using SPF15 + or higher sunscreen when outside along with sun protective clothing, so think rash vests / broad brimmed hats and sunglasses.
The Cancer Council of Australia states ‘the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of a sunscreen is a measure of how well it protects the skin from sunburn. Sunscreens need to be applied liberally to achieve the SPF protection claimed on the label. Broad-spectrum sunscreens filter both UVA and UVB rays. UVB is the principal cause of sunburn, but both UVA and UVB contribute to increased skin cancer risk’.
For the best protection against premature skin concerns, The Cancer Council of Australia advises to wear broad spectrum and water-resistant sunscreen whilst out in the sun. Ensure protection is applied at least 20 minutes before stepping outside and reapply every two hours.
One new product that I have been introduced to, which is also a brand I adore, is Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+. This day cream is a broad spectrum moisturiser that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, whilst being non-greasy and non-whitening. Containing Pomegranate to help fight against environmental aggressors and including Pycnogenol to prevent photo aging – talk about a multi tasker!
For further information on skin damage and/or cancer protection, be sure to visit your local countries Cancer Council website for the most accurate and up-to-date material. If you have a question around sunsafe cosmetics, shoot me an email at email@example.com and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find out for you!