Sunscreen and Melanoma Awareness


May is Melanoma Awareness month. Most people understand that they “should” be incorporating a sunscreen into their daily routing…but how many actually do? I remember the days when all sunscreens were thick, heavy, greasy, white and had the most unattractive scent. I hands down, did not want to lather myself in that oily mess that was referred to as SPF! No way. As it turns out, I was not alone.

As with most skin care products, new innovations and formulas have been introduced to today’s market and there are now, believe it or not, new sunscreen formulas that are enjoyable to use. This is your life and you do not have to settle for anything, let alone a sunscreen that you don’t like!

In recent years, there have been new FDA regulations put on sunscreen companies that now require them to list all ingredients, which is great. As an educated consumer, you can now read which ingredients are actually  going to be beneficial and aid in protecting your skin from the effects of UV rays, and which ingredients are simply fillers. There are two types of sunscreens: those that feature chemical filters that absorb and distribute the UV rays, and those that contain physical barriers that block all UV rays. Which is better? In my opinion, a sunscreen should do just as it’s name claims: screen your skin from the sun. Physical sunscreens that block the sun’s rays need to have two main ingredients in order to work properly: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Zinc Oxide is a mineral that filters BOTH UVA and UVB rays. Titanium Dioxide filters UVB and a portion of UVA. Together, these minerals are sunscreen powerhouses!

So why is all of this so important? Melanoma is the THIRD most common type of skin cancer among all racial groups. No one is excluded. We also know that a very large percentage of skin related aging comes from sun exposure. Fine lines, freckles, discoloration, dilated blood vessels, sagging, pre-cancerous lesions, and benign tumors all  have direct correlations to the sun..

While our skin of course needs to absorb a certain amount of Vitamin D from the sun, perhaps you will be a little more conscious of how much UV time you’re exposing yourself to. Perhaps you will explore sunscreen options and find one that you enjoy using as much as I do. If you find yourself in the market for something new, Omari Beauty Bar carries the most lovely, elegant, matte, powdery-finishing sunscreen, and it is available in tinted and non-tinted varieties. Swing by if you feel so inclined! We would love to answer any questions you many have.

Have a beautiful day~

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