As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I’m currently in Miami for a friend’s bachelorette party. We hit the beach today—which means I slathered on the sunscreen to protect my (very fair) skin. This is actually the tail-end of Melanoma Awareness Month, so I’m happy to take this opportunity to toot my sunscreen-loving horn. Back when I was in high school, I actually used to sit out in the sun for two hours a day for the express purpose of getting a tan. Now, I shudder to think about what kind of damage I probably did. It’s part of the reason that I try my best to wear sunscreen daily now (along with the fact that I’ve written and edited several articles about skin cancer so far in my career).
In case you didn’t know, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.—a whopping 20 percent of people will develop it at some point in their lifetime. It’s also a largely preventable disease—and since melanoma is deadly, it’s so, so important to wear sunscreen (and wear it correctly). OK, I’ll stop with the PSA because I also know that putting on sunscreen can kind of seem like a pain. But that’s why I love this new Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70 I recently picked up. The spray isn’t greasy and doesn’t have that typical sunscreen smell—so you don’t feel weird wearing it when you’re heading to work or to run errands. It also comes in a fun yellow bottle:
Seriously, this stuff is great. You just have to make sure to go over every area on your body (I like to do two separate sweeps so I don’t miss any spots). To learn more, check out these sunscreen FAQs from the American Academy of Dermatology. Aaaannnndddd just for fun, here are some of my snapshots from the beach in Miami so far: