May is just around the corner, which means warmer weather and loads of outdoor fun! May is also skin cancer awareness month, so let’s talk about ways you can safely have fun in the sun without sacrificing style.
I have a very personal experience with skin cancer. I’m a survivor of stage 3 melanoma. I’ve learned to be diligent and cautious about my sun exposure while still getting out and enjoying the season.
Let’s work together to redefine beautiful as it pertains to skin. PALE IS PRETTY! Thankfully, society seems to be moving to a place where we see pale skin and consider it healthy, beautiful, and classic. I’ll take that!
Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to being safe in the sun and fashionably pale:
- A good general rule is to avoid the sun during peak hours, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Depending where you live, you may want to be even more cautious. I like to use a mobile weather app to check the UV index. If it’s moderate or above maybe look for an indoor activity or find some serious shade.
- Make sure you purchase a broad-spectrum sunblock, meaning it protects from UV-A and UV-B rays with a minimum SPF 30. My go-to sunblock is Blue Lizard. Apply prior to sun exposure and reapply as directed. I like to spray my perfume after I’ve applied sunblock to help mitigate some of that distinct sunscreen smell.
- Don’t forget about your head! There are sunblock options available designed to be applied over hair to protect your scalp like this one by Nioxin. Hats are also a great option. Who doesn’t like an excuse to wear a sunhat?
- Wear sunglasses. Again, make sure they offer UV protection at 100%. They are stylish and great for people watching. Remember, the bigger your frames, the better.
- Wear beachy cover-ups. Look for long maxi dresses or linen clothing. These will look fantastic while protecting you from the sun.
- Many lip balms are available with SPF. Grab yourself one. Hydrated lips are always a plus.
- Ladies, most makeup brands offer their foundations or BB creams with SPF. Make sure you look for those options. It’s a very easy switch for a little extra protection. I’m loving Dr. Jart’s BB Cream and Dior’s Diorskin foundation. Oh, and wear some nail polish, it provides a little UV barrier to your nail beds.
If you are really craving a sun kissed look, there are some great sunless tanners on the market. They can be quick and easy to use, but more importantly they don’t expose you to damaging UV rays. But remember, pale is beautiful!
Do you have any sun safety tips to add? Share them in the comments below.