I have received numerous emails from friends and strangers - I'm so glad that my Melanoma Post encouraged so many to get checked. In fact, two family friends scheduled appointments and had cancers removed. Sharing my very personal story was well worth it! I was also amazed at how many of you reached out to me to share your own stories - skin cancer and Melanoma is truly an epidemic. Thank you for the overwhelming support. I'm so sorry for those who haven't been as fortunate, who are battling skin cancer. I admire you, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Besides posing for this picture in Bermuda, I spent every minute completely covered and under an umbrella. I still keep my hat on even in the shade, and I have SPF 50 all over! I am sporting a Mott50 maxi skirt and a Lands End Rash Guard
I spent a few weeks in Bermuda this month and found it a challenge to stay out of the sun. I managed and wore sunscreen every day! While I was there, I ate dinner next to a family enjoying vacation on the island. They were all burned to a crisp, and their two fair, red-headed daughters (both under the age of 15) were painfully scorched. It made me cringe! Hopefully they will never see the cancerous effects of the sun, but unfortunately, many of us see vacation as an opportunity to overexpose ourselves to the sun. Now that we know the consequences of that mindset, we all have to protect ourselves and our children.
It's Melanoma Awareness Month, and you should know about some great UPF clothing and sunscreens that I've found.
CLOTHING: Mott50, Lands End, Coolibar (also has great options for men - if my picky fiancé approves, your guy will too! He wears these long-sleeved tees) Cabana Life
*All of these brands are UPF 50
10% Off Mott50 when you sign up for their email list - they do not bug you with constant emails, I promise!
When I started wearing UV Rash Guards last Summer, I was expecting them to be uncomfortable and hot. I was amazed that they actually cool you down by protecting you from the rays. Mott50 clothing truly feels like cotton - it's made from bamboo and really breathes. Their product line is perfect for the beach, but it's really more of a lifestyle line. I wear their clothing on days when I know I'll be walking around outside or sitting under an umbrella for lunch. You would never know that the Mott50 shirts weren't just regular cotton shirts. Also, Mott50 'Jenna' and 'Ginger' tops have a 'thumb hole' for the option of hand coverage - I love that!
Lands End rash guards come in great patterns and colors - they have a silkier feel than Mott50. Very comfortable and breathable as well. I don't own any of the Cabana Life products, but their patterns and color options are great, and their rash guards have a 'tunic' look.
*TAKE NOTE - just because it's a 'rash guard' doesn't necessarily mean it has any sun protection. Read the fine print and be sure that it says UPF or SPF (it should really be at least 50, but something is better than nothing). I have really liked many of the rash guards on Athleta, but I've realized that only some of them have protection. You're wasting your time and money buying a rash guard without UV Protection. Also, I've noticed that some rash guards have 3/4 sleeves - obviously, some protection is better than none, but take it from me - I had my first melanoma on my forearm. It is exactly where my arm would have been exposed in a 3/4 sleeve.
I've been alternating between two daily SPF moisturizers - I wear Peter Thomas Roth Sheer Coverage SPF 30 which is made in NYC. You can buy it directly or through Sephora. I love the lightweight matte finish of SPF 30 Coola Suncare Matte Tint - it's organic and even has a slight tint. You can also find it on Soap.com. On days when I'm going to the beach for a bit (under an umbrella!), or even walking to the gym, I will wear Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55 on my face and body. Remember to cover your hands with sunscreen too! Try to buy make-up with SPF in it that will give you added protection throughout the day.
HAT and SUNGLASSES: not only is a hat a great accessory, but it's also smart! A wide brim is best, but just try to cover your ears - a baseball cap doesn't do that. You must also protect your eyes from the sun's rays - if you're not wearing polarized sunglasses, you're not protecting your eyes. Kids and Adults should wear polarized sunglasses - I love my Maui Jims - they guarantee the lenses if they scratch.
Thanks again for the well wishes and support over the past few months. Hopefully, I've knocked some sense into you by now and you'll protect yourself in the sun. I hope you find some of my recommendations helpful. I would love to hear some of your suggestions - please comment below. Enjoy the long weekend, and sit back with a cocktail - just be sure it's under an umbrella, please!