Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Yes, you read that three times. No matter how many times we read or hear how bad the sunrays are for our skin there are still those goofs who insist on frying in the sun without any sun protection. Did I ever sit in the sun? Hoping to achieve that perfect bronze toned skin? Did I bake under the harmful UVA rays of tanning beds? Yeah, of course I did. We are all guilty of it. Yes, I was a stupid teenager and thankfully I realized in my 20’s that I didn’t need or want to tan anymore. Thankfully, I also never had a bad blistering sunburn. Perhaps due to my European-olive toned skin I tan easily but that doesn’t immunize my skin type from skin cancer.
Last month when I attended La Roche-Posay’s Sunscreen Event I was expecting the usual; a look at upcoming products, a brief intro to products, chit-chat with fellow bloggers and leave. However, I was pleasantly surprised that not only was the event educational but board certified dermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen was on hand to discuss skin cancer and how if detected early increases your chances of survival. And you don’t have to be a dermatologist to check your skin, the key is to be aware! Do a SkinCheck! You know your body better than anyone, educate yourself on what to look for. Check out My Skin Check, use the online tools to assist you on evaluating your risk level. Take that information and pass it along to your GP or dermatologist.
Keep on reading, I’m not paid to insert links on my blogs or reviews. I want my readers to become aware that in today’s day and age skin cancer is a cancer that seems to get ignored (in my opinion) by the majority of the population, I write this because I continue to see sunbathers with baby oil at beaches. Also, at the event I had the chance to listen to a skin cancer survivor who detected it in her 30’s. Very touching story! She was part of this video:
Lastly, did I use La Roche Posay’s sunscreen prior to this event. Yes! It’s one of my oldest sunscreen staples. Thanks to MakeUpAlley I discovered LRP Anthelios ages ago. I would hunt this sunscreen in Europe when Canada didn’t carry it.
Know your skin.
(images: La Roche Posay)