Updated: Oct 7, 2021
Today is Melanoma Monday, and May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Melanoma is a form of skin cancer. Melanoma Monday is important in helping raise awareness so hopefully more Americans will be aware of their risk, because unfortunately, Melanoma and Skin Cancer is on the rise. 1 in 5 Americans will develop Skin Cancer by age 70
Who is at risk for skin cancer?
Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, regardless of age, race or country And, if you’ve ever laid in a tanning bed even just a handful of times, your risk increases.
Here is what can you do to fight Melanoma and Skin Cancer
Wear a high-quality sunscreen, wear a hat and have regular skin cancer checks. Renew Beauty recommends these yearly – and one way to help people remember is to “get your birthday suit checked on your birthday.” Make an appointment with a licensed dermatologist to check your skin and any changes in moles that you’ve noticed. These checks can be as thorough as you like - they can be full checks from head to toe, or you can have them just check your arms. It’s whatever you’re comfortable with!
Using the right kind of sunscreen is essential. It’s important to identify the ingredients of a particular sunscreen and how it reacts with your skin type. Two of the most important ingredients to look for in a sunscreen are zinc and titanium dioxide. Make sure you’re looking at the ingredients and how long you’re protected for. Apply on skin any wear that maybe exposed to the sun.
Also, depending on what activity you’re doing this summer, make sure you have a sunscreen that’s sweat/water resistant. If you want to make sure your sunscreen is especially effective and good for your skin, we recommend applying an antioxidant such as Vitamin C Serum beforehand.