May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As someone who has had skin cancer, I can tell you that you need to make sure you taking the appropriate steps to avoid skin cancer. I have had two instances of it by the age of 48. Yes, I had a lot of sunburns when I was little but I never could tan. I never could stay out in the sun either. It is not something for me. My number on the Fitzpatrick skin cancer scale is a I which means I am highly likely to get skin cancer because I burn, have blonde hair and blue/green eyes. To avoid skin cancer at all times one needs to wear a SPF30 all year long, that's right I said all year long and that means on the face and body. One of my skin cancers was on the tip of my nose and the other was on the upper arm. It can happen anywhere.
I have a great sunscreen to review for you today. It is MyChelle PROTECT Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF50 and it is Reef Safe. That means that the ingredients will not harm the reefs in the oceans as some of the other ingredients tend to do. This is a 100% Zinc Oxide sunscreen that has 21% zinc oxide in it and it is also hydrating to help prevent the premature aging and skin cancer that occurs when you go into the sun. It also helps to re-establish an essential moisture balance of the skin that most sunscreens cannot provide. It has UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection and is great for those who are allergic to chemical sunscreens. This sunscreen is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It doesn't contain Retinyl Palmitate or any chemical UV absorbers including Octinoxate, Ocitsalate, Oxybenzone or PABA. This sunscreen has been made without parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances and artificial colors.
Directions: SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE. Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply: After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, or at least every 2 hours. For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash and irritation develops and lasts. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher and other sun protection measures including: (a) Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (b) Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses. (c) Children under 6 months: Ask a pediatrician but it is advisable to avoid the sun with children under 6 months usually.
The reason I like this sunscreen so much is because it is made from 100% zinc oxide and I love mineral sunscreens so much. I also like how well this cream sinks into the body. Usually I prefer a mist sunscreen but this is great when I have the time to actually sit down and apply the sunscreen all over my body. Because of the pandemic I haven't really been in the sun in two months but I plan on going out soon and this is the main product I plan on using. I did use it to try out and see how well it actually spreads and sinks into the skin. It does a good job. And it doesn't leave a whitish cast. Make sure to reapply after about 2 hours in the sun so that you do not get burned.