May is National Skin Cancer Month and as you may know, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Over 90% of skin cancers, including melanoma, have been linked to sunburn and excessive sun exposure. To avoid sunburn you need to block both UVA and UVB rays. The best way to do this is through daily use of a physical sunblock containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Even when it is cloudy, you need some protection.
These two products, both of which contain physical sunblocks, are great for basic daily use. If I am going to be outdoors for most of the day, especially when skiing or at the pool or hiking in the mountains, I add a sweatproof sunscreen and try to cover up as much as possible with a hat and sun-safe clothes.
Until recently, most of the sun-safe clothing I saw was rather dowdy. Appropriate for a safari (what is up with all the epaulets?) or perhaps retirement to Sun City, the choices were rather, shall we say, limited.
Recently however, companies such as Patagonia, Athleta and Columbia have introduced UPF lines that up the ante and at least give us a fighting chance of looking rather chic when out on the trail and hanging out in the sun. (Why UPF? I have no idea. But in the world of clothing, UPF means the same thing as SPF does in the world of sunscreen. UPF 25+ is considered “very good” protection, while UPF 40+ is considered “excellent” protection).
Here are my picks for summer 2011.
Long-sleeve Runshade Crew. Vibrant color, unique neckline, breathable fabric. $49.00.
Solimar Skirt. Yes, it is short and you’ll still need to slather on the Eucerin SPF 15 lotion (at a minimum), but it’s stylish enough for a hike and then straight out to lunch or dinner. $65.00. Or for a different Solimar look, try Patagonia’s long shorts. $65.00.
3/4 Sleeve Sun Shelter Shirt. Super light fabric and cute tunic styling. $59.00.
Sun Shelter Dress. I am not sold on wearing this out to dinner, but as a quick beach cover up or perhaps something to throw on after mountain biking, it’s pretty good. $79.00.
Breeze Bermudas. From water to the beach, quick drying bermuda shorts. $49.00.
12″ Dipper Shorts. Another light, quick drying pair of longer shorts. Available in bright colors and neutrals. $49.00.
Printed Whatever Skort. A flouncy A-line skirt ready to take on anything. Knee-length. $59.00.
Rashguards. Athleta has the best selection. Long-sleeve, short-sleeve, no-sleeve, printed, almost any color you can imagine. From $36.00-$69.00.
To enter, leave a comment on the Eucerin Facebook page sharing how you keep your skin sun-safe and copy the comment in to the comments for this page (otherwise I won’t know you entered).
You’ll be entered to win regular (not sample) size bottles of Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 Body Lotion and Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion (love it!), as well as a Vera Bradley cosmetic case perfect for holding your sunscreen and lip balm when you’re out and about this summer.
For a second entry, please visit the Eucerin Facebook page and leave a comment sharing how you will tell others about National Skin Cancer Awareness Month during May. Again, please copy it to the comments on this page so that I can keep track of you!
Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. MDT, Monday, May 16, 2011.
Good luck and thanks for putting your Skin First.
I am very happy to be working with Eucerin as part of their Skin First Blogger Network. As part of this effort, Eucerin is providing me with skin care information, as well as skin care and wellness products. They are also providing this giveaway to my readers. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect exactly what I would tell my friends and family.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jocelyn!
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