Learn How UV Rays Cause Skin Cancer and How to Protect Yourself!

If we are wearing more sunscreen, why are skin cancer rates still increasing? According to specialists, most people wear chemical sunscreens that do not block all UV rays. We love what Allure says about sunscreen use in this article. Mineral blocks (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) and physical protectors (hats, shirts, etc.) are the best ways to protect against both UVA/UVB rays. Take a look at this article for the science behind the way UV rays cause skin cancer and expert sunscreen tips.


Sunscreen for Life Holiday Gift Tips!

Not sure what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Skin cancer prevention is a gift everyone will appreciate. Check out this creative list of sun protection accessories that are sure to be put to good use in the new year.  Here are our fave suggestions:

  1. Give the gift of your favorite physical sunscreen- we like EltaMD Tinted Mineral Block
  2. Give a lip balm with SPF- we like MD Solar Sciences “Liptect”
  3. Give your love ones sun protection swag like hats, shirts, and gloves with UPF!

For more great ideas, check out a complete list here from our friends at DoDoBurd.

Happy Holidays from your friends at SFL.

ABCDE’s of Moles

The ABCDE’s of moles can help you conduct a self exam to detect skin cancer. Remember, annual mole checks are a great way to stay on top of your skin!

A- Asymmetry
D- Diameter
E- Evolution

SFL Tip: You can take a photo of a mole on your phone and track it for changes. If it changes, get it checked!

For more information about the ABCDE’s of moles, click here.


Protecting Your Skin Means More than Sunscreen

Even though summer is technically over, here in LA we see sunny days all year round! Sunscreen for Life agrees with these tips on how to protect your skin from the sun everyday! Here are our favorite highlights from this article:

  1. Avoid the sun at its peak: 10am-2pm
  2. Lotion is not enough: Remember to also wear hats, protective clothing with UPF +30, and stay in the shade when possible.
  3. Slather it on: apply sunscreen every 2 hours minimum!
  4. Read the label- make sure you have a physical block with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.



Read more about best sunscreens here:

Los Angeles Times Tips for Protecting Your Skin 



How the Sun Sees Your Skin!

Don’t forget that UV damage is often invisible to the naked eye. Not only is protecting your skin important in preventing skin cancer, but it also can prevent signs of aging. This is one of our favorite videos demonstrating how sunscreen shields your precious skin from the sun. Remember to wear your physical sunscreen rain or shine!



Do not put off getting your weird mole checked!

I have to share a story I encountered today. A patient came in worried about a mole he had had for many years. Before he showed it to the physician, he told her that it had been changing over the past 10 years, but he never wanted to get it checked because he was worried it was cancerous. When we saw the mole on his arm, it was shocking how irregular it was. It was an outright melanoma, and the doctor recognized the diagnosis before even biopsying it.

I know it can be scary to get a bad diagnosis, but in terms of your health, the earlier you get checked, it will ALWAYS be better. Please remember that skin cancer is curable if caught early.

Get the courage today to get your skin checked and if there is a bad diagnosis for you, take on the challenge today. You do not want to put these things off. This patient is at risk for a metastasis of his melanoma because he was scared and waited so long. Get a buddy to get their skin checked too so you can go together!

Did you know July is UV awareness month!?

Use this month to educate yourself on exactly what UV radiation is and why you need to be aware of it! UV stands for ultraviolet radiation, which is on the light spectrum. This kind of radiation from the sun is what damages your skin and possibly causes your skin cells’ DNA to be altered and lead to skin cancer. In order to protect your skin, you need to use a physical block sunscreen EVERYDAY to act as a shield to reflect the UV rays from damaging your skin. Work hard now to protect your skin so you can live your life skin cancer free!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month!

SunDid you know skin cancer is 100% curable if caught early? It is ALL about early detection! While you can keep an eye on your skin to monitor changes in your moles, it is always good to see a dermatologist to give you a total body skin exam. That way, the physician can point out certain moles for you to keep an eye on and even photograph them to recheck at your next annual skin check. Doctor’s office can be expensive, but some insurance plans cover “preventive screenings”, so check with your physician to see if this is an option for you!

Don’t have insurance? Many physicians are offering free skin cancer screenings as a public service during the month of May!!  Click here to find a physician in your area. Take advantage of these resources to ensure you are keeping ahead of any sun damage!