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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. About 5 million people every year — or 10,000 people every day — are diagnosed with this disease.
It’s the most common type of cancer in our country. And although there are many conditions that lead to a diagnosis, you can prevent potential damage by protecting your skin as the weather turns warm.
To help you choose the best sunscreen protection for you and your family, Dr. Angela Lamb stopped by Hoda & Jenna to share her top picks. They include a variety of options, so you can discover the one you like best.
Lamb recommends an SPF 30 for daily wear or SPF 50 for when you’re on vacation or spending long amounts of time outside. When you’re out in the sun all day, reapply every 80 minutes, using about one ounce (a shot glass) to cover the area from your neck down.
Scroll through to discover eight of Dr. Lamb’s favorite products for protecting skin this summer.
This super-sheer formula is Supergoop’s bestseller. It’s weightless and unscented and creates a perfect base for your daily makeup routine. Or you can just wear it on its own for a completely natural look that leaves your skin fully protected.
This sunblock checks a lot of boxes. It’s cruelty free, vegan and fragrance free — and reef friendly. But it also works on so many other levels. It offers free radical protection, moisturizing shea butter and UVA/UVB protection. But out of all its qualities, its biggest selling point may be the matte, super-soft finish it leaves on your skin.
This is one of the most clever beauty products out there for people concerned about anti-aging. Like most sunscreens, this formula contains zinc and titanium dioxide to block out harmful rays from the sun. But then, in addition, it’s packed with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and panthenol to keep skin moisturized for up to 12 hours.
If you avoid facial sunscreen because it’s sticky or heavy on your skin, try out this formula from EltaMD. It goes on silky smooth and absorbs quickly into skin, so you won’t even feel it. Plus, because it’s water- and sweat-proof for up to 80 minutes, it’s perfect for anyone who plans to live life on the go this summer.
This one comes highly recommended. Blue Lizard sells itself as the #1 pediatrician-recommended mineral-based sunscreen brand. And there are plenty of reasons to slather it all over your kids before they head outside. The lotion blocks out 98% of UVB rays and was designed to hold up all day against sweat and water, no matter how hard kids are out playing.
At this point, you know very well to pay special attention to areas like your chest, nose and shoulders when applying sunscreen. But what about your scalp? Protect the often-neglected area without ruining your hair with this lightweight mist from Sun Bum about 15 minutes before you head outside.
Yes, lips can be sun damaged, too. Protect your pucker with this organic lip balm. Not only will it block out harmful rays from the sun, it will give back to your lips with nourishing, natural ingredients like raspberry and avocado butter. And yes, it’s also a perfect chapstick for everyday use.
Look, it’s not the worst thing in the world to want your skin to have a sun-kissed glow. But this summer, cheat the system and get your tan from a bottle, not by damaging your skin. Choose from one of two shades (light to medium or medium to dark) and use this daily moisturizer to gradually build up a safe tan on your face.
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