Defend Against UV Rays During Skin Cancer Awareness Month & Beyond

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Defend Against UV Rays During Skin Cancer Awareness Month & Beyond

May marks Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to prioritize sun safety and sun protection. When the sun comes out and it gets hotter, it's important to be aware of the dangers of too much sun and to protect your skin by using effective sunscreen products.

In this LATHER guide, we'll delve deeper into the science behind UV rays, explore effective ways to shield your skin, and introduce two of our hero products for sun protection: the After-Sun Body Serum and our star product, Daily Defense Mineral SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen.

Understanding the Threat: A Look at UV Rays

Sun exposure might feel good, but it's important to remember that the sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation, an invisible type of light with the power to damage your skin. There are two main types of UV rays: UVA and UVB.

  1. UVA rays: These rays penetrate deep into the skin's inner layers, contributing to premature aging, wrinkles, and the breakdown of collagen, the protein responsible for skin elasticity. They can also suppress the immune system, making you more susceptible to infections.

  2. UVB rays: These rays are responsible for sunburns and play a significant role in the development of skin cancer. UVB rays are strongest during peak sun hours, typically between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

The Devastating Consequences of Sun Damage

Sun damage isn't just about a temporary sunburn. Here are some of the long-term consequences of unprotected sun exposure:

  1. Premature Skin Aging: UV rays break down collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep skin firm and youthful. This leads to wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity.

  2. Sunburn: Overexposure to UVB rays can cause sunburn, characterized by redness, pain, and inflammation. Repeated sunburns increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

  3. Hyperpigmentation: Sun exposure can stimulate melanin production, the pigment that gives skin its color. This can lead to uneven skin tone, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation.

  4. Increased Risk of Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. UV rays pose a significant threat for all forms of skin cancer, encompassing basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, which is the most lethal type of skin cancer.

Building a Strong Defense: Effective Sun Protection Strategies

The good news? You can lower your risk of sun damage by using these sun protection strategies every day.

  1. Sunscreen is King: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every single day, regardless of the weather. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you're sweating or swimming.

  2. Seek Shade: The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Whenever possible, seek shade during these peak hours. Consider using an umbrella or creating shade with a hat or clothing.

  3. Cover Up: Protective clothing is an excellent way to block UV rays. Opt for clothes that are made from densely knitted materials with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) score of 50 or more. Don't forget to cover your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet, areas often neglected but vulnerable to sun damage.

  4. Sun-Protective Hats: A wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, ears, and neck is a must-have sun protection essential. Choose a hat with a dark color or tight weave for optimal protection.

  5. Sunglasses: Safeguard your eyes from damaging UV radiation by wearing sunglasses that obstruct both UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunglasses with a UV protection label of 400, which means they block out all UV rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.

  6. Hydration is Key: Sun exposure can dehydrate your skin. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

How Long Does Sunscreen Last? 

Sunscreen effectiveness can be affected by several factors, including sweat, water exposure, and the amount of time you spend in the sun. As a general rule, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating heavily.

Always check the expiration date on your sunscreen and avoid using any sun-care product past its expiry. Remember, even water-resistant sunscreen needs to be reapplied after swimming or toweling dry. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your sunscreen is providing optimal protection throughout the day.

Beyond Sun Protection: Soothing and Restoring Sun-Exposed Skin

Even with the best sun protection practices, occasional sun exposure is inevitable. Here's how to soothe and restore your skin after a day in the sun:

  1. After Sun Care: After spending time outdoors, gently cleanse your skin with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser. Apply a fragrance-free, aloe vera-based aftersun lotion or gel to cool and soothe sunburned or irritated skin.

  2. Moisturize: Sun exposure can dry out your skin. Replenish lost moisture with a fragrance-free, hydrating moisturizer suitable for your skin type.

  3. Exfoliate: A gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and promote healthy skin cell turnover after sun exposure.

LATHER's Sun-Safe Heroes: Effective Protection for Every Need

We believe in sun protection that's both effective and gentle on your skin, which is why we created natural sunscreen and sun-care products for your specific needs and preferences. Here, we introduce two of our hero products:

Our Daily Defense Mineral SPF 50: This sun-care hero lives up to its name, providing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection in a lightweight, mineral-based formula. Here's what makes it special:

  1. Non-Chemical, Mineral Protection: Formulated with 100% non-nano zinc oxide, a natural mineral that sits on top of the skin, reflecting UV rays without harsh chemicals.

  2. Sheer, Natural Finish: Unlike some mineral sunscreens that can leave a white cast, our Daily Defense Mineral SPF 50 blends easily, making applying sunscreen seamless. And we love that it has a sheer, natural finish with a hint of tint from natural pigments.

  3. Antioxidant Powerhouse: Infused with green tea, olive leaf, and rosemary extracts, this sunscreen fights free radical damage caused by sun exposure.

  4. Moisturizing and Nourishing: Shea butter keeps your skin hydrated and nourished, even under the sun.

  5. Suitable for All Skin Types: The gentle, fragrance-free formula is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

  6. Ocean-Friendly: Free of oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemical sunscreen ingredients that are harmful to coral reefs and marine ecosystems.

Our After-Sun Body Serum: Soothe and restore your skin after a day in the sun with our luxurious body serum. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula provides deep hydration and relief for sun-exposed skin. Here are some of its key benefits:

  1. Aloe Vera for Soothing Relief: Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory with cooling properties, ideal for calming sunburn and reducing irritation.

  2. Hydration Boost: Hyaluronic acid and coconut water provide intense hydration, replenishing moisture lost due to sun exposure.

  3. Sea Buckthorn for Healing: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, sea buckthorn oil promotes skin healing and regeneration.

  4. Light and Refreshing: The lightweight, gel-like texture absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue.

  5. Ideal for daily use: This after-sun serum is suitable for all skin types and helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy when used daily.

Making Sun Protection a Habit

Sun protection isn't just about a day at the beach; it's an essential part of your daily skincare routine, rain or shine. By incorporating these sun-safe practices and using our effective sun care products, you can protect your skin from harmful UV rays and keep it healthy and radiant for years to come.

At LATHER, we are committed to providing you with safe, effective sun care solutions that are gentle on your skin and our planet. We hope this guide has empowered you to make informed choices about sun protection this month and beyond.