Tip #1: Avoid UV exposure during peak hours.
The first form of prevention is avoiding excessive sun exposure and monitoring the UV Index, which measures the strength of UV rays at a specific time. The sun's UV rays are the strongest between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Avoid direct sun exposure during this time since exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the greatest risk factor for developing skin cancer. The two main types of UV rays are UVA and UVB. UVA rays are associated with Aging, while UVB rays are known as Burning rays.
Over time, UV rays can cause premature aging and DNA damage to cells, leading to skin cancer. Our skin tans and darkens to prevent genetic damage. UVA rays are used in tanning booths and can penetrate through clouds and windows.
Although UVB rays cannot penetrate glass, they can cause sunburn and damage the top layers of your skin. If you can’t avoid the sun, try to sit under an umbrella, a tree, or a covered porch. Keep in mind that some UV rays can still reach your skin, even in the shade.
Tip #2: Wear protective clothing.
Wide-brimmed hats, long sleeves, and UV-protective sunglasses will better protect your skin against UV rays. The bigger the glasses, the better. You can go all superstar with it! Today, you’ll even find some clothing made with additional sun protection called ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). A UPF rating over 40 is considered excellent.
Tip #3: Use sunscreen.
Besides avoiding the sun at peak hours and wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen daily can reduce the risk of getting skin cancer. Choose sunscreens with a broad-spectrum label to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are natural ingredients that you’ll find in mineral (or physical) sunscreens. Not only do they offer broad-spectrum UV coverage, but they’re also a better option for those with sensitive skin since they’re less likely to irritate it. Although you’ll find zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in our makeup collection, you’ll still need to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Tip #4: Choose antioxidant-rich products.
Research suggests that antioxidants like vitamin C and resveratrol help prevent skin cancer. Using a serum like The Collagen Booster over many months helps correct previous photodamage and prevent premature aging. Its key ingredients will protect collagen and elastin fibers while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our co-founder and Aesthetician, Kim, recommends using vitamin C serums in the morning due to their ability to protect the skin from free radical damage.
Tip #5: Avoid tanning beds.
Don’t use tanning beds! Just don’t. Ever! Studies have shown that exposure to artificial ultraviolet light, even once, before age 35 increases your risk of skin cancer by 75%.
Tip #6. See a dermatologist.
Skin cancer is more common than all other types of cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Schedule annual skin checkups with your dermatologist to reduce your risk of invasive skin cancer.
Tip #7. Don’t skip after-sun care.
Sometimes, avoiding direct sunlight is impossible, especially during summer. Because of that, you should use after-sun products to repair your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.
Our facial oil, The Moon Shine, is particularly rich in vitamin E, a free radical scavenger and nourishing emollient that may protect the skin from UV light-induced damage. Furthermore, applying vitamin E to the skin prevents moisture loss and effectively reduces fine lines and wrinkles.