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!