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.
MyChelle has revamped their sunscare line and it is better than ever. This year they have all new sunscreen with Reef Safe ingredients that make it better than ever for the oceans. This review is about MyChelle PROTECT Sun Shield SPF29 Unscented (Reef Safe). It contains Zinc Oxide 11.6% and Titanium Dioxide 0.67%. Both of these are mineral sunscreens which deflect the sun's rays instead of absorbing them into the skin. This sunscreen has no scent to it, which is good for those who are sensitive to scents. It is also good for those who are allergic to chemical sunscreens. Normally I prefer at least a SPF40, but this will do nicely because it is a mineral sunscreen which works better. Also, this is a broad spectrum sunscreen, that deflects UVA/UVB rays with soothing Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help reduce signs of sun-induced irritation. Lightweight daily protection absorbs quickly into the skin for a smooth, clear and matte finish. Does not containRetinyl Palmitate or chemical UV absorbers including Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone or PABA. Made without the use of parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances and artificial colors.
To Use: SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE. For daily use, apply to clean, dry skin and allow to absorb completely before applying makeup. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Reapply 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 15 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: It is not advisable to take babies into the sun but ask a pediatrician first.
I like this sunscreen because it is perfect for a daily sunscreen or under makeup. It sinks into the skin and doesn't leave a chalky white residue nor does it leave a heavy greasy feeling. Normally I prefer a higher level but this will do nicely. I always wear a sunscreen on my face, even in the winter. This sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours if you are in the sun. That cannot be accomplished if you are wearing makeup, so I would not wear it if you are going to be in the sun and wearing makeup. Otherwise it works great.