“Before I was diagnosed {with melanoma}, I really had no idea this cancer happened to young people. I thought it was a cancer that developed in the later stages of life. But in reaching out to support groups, while trying to emotionally heal myself, I realized this was a cancer that affects people of ALL ages, and so many in their 20s and 30s. I wanted to share that with as many people as possible.”

-Tia Costello, Austin-based photographer  (Read More about her photo project here)

 

 

Finally winter is over and the sun is out. Basking in the warmth of the sunshine among the flowers and birds is my absolute favorite thing to do in the spring. But it can be scary too. UVA and UVB rays from that sunshine can be causing permanent damage to your skin. In fact, the American Cancer Society says "Those who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer, new study findings indicate."

Do you know what skin cancer looks like?

 

Ways to protect yourself include the obvious like wearing sunblock or sunscreen, hats and long sleeves or pants. Some less obvious ways to protect your skin include staying hydrated, drinking less alcohol, consuming healthy oils like Olive Oil or Coconut Oil, boosting your intake of Vitamin D and nourishing the skin with nutrient dense skin care products.

 

From the Skin Cancer Foundation:

 

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
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    Did you know that Bio-Fond Foundation Makeup has naturally occuring Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides that offer sun-block protection? Depending on your color and amount of coverage, Biofond can help to provide an equivalent of SPF 15 to SPF 35 - alone it is not enough for a day at the beach but Biofond applies well over your favorite sunscreen too.