Let me ask a question - how many of you wear some kind of sun protection everytime you go outside? And that applies wherever you live in the world.
I'm guessing it'll be a pretty low number; in the distant past I have been guilty of the same, and tanning beds, and sunbathing until I was pink! Well let's just say since I hit my mid' 30's and then moved here where the sun is much more intense, I have changed my ways. I also have been scared into action by how much older some of my sun/tanning bed worshipping friends look as they approach their 40's!
So for the past few years I have rarely stepped outside my home without at the very least Neutrogena Ultra Sheer (the one with Helioplex) factor 45 on my face, neck, chest and hands. I just put it on religiously after my face cream everyday. I keep tubes on hand in the bathroom, both vehicles, the kitchen, work and the garage.
This year I have actually stepped it up a gear, in the same brand but to the new factor 85 sun block - and I still have a bit of a tan, but a safe one! Some of you have commented in the past few days on how young my mum looks, well she's also a slave to sun protection and nagged me for years, until I listened. So I guess if we have a secret to looking younger, right there you have a big part of it.
So today I am going to do the next most sensible thing I have ever done for my skin and spend approximately $90 on an all over skin check by a Dermatologist. I have always had a few moles and have fair skin with freckles, so I just decided to have a check-up and get a baseline for the future.
The Hubster see's him every 6 months for something else and he always has patients in his waiting room with either Acne or Skin Cancers. I have noticed how the people living here are extremely poor at using sun protection and sadly I see more and more all the time who have had moles removed. A few of them can also testify to me lecturing them and even in the odd case handing them sunscreen!
So this is one of my pet issues if you will....just remember skin cancer is one of most dangerous, fast and often terminal cancers.
So I ask you in all seriousness, would you rather have a tan or live? - it may just come down to that one day! Oh and you tanning bed users thinking you're safe, think again. A recent study has disproved the theory that tanning beds are safer, plus to put it very bluntly, in a few years you'll have skin that looks like the hide of a cow.
Personally I'd rather glow healthily like Nicole Kidman into my old age, than look like a female George Hamilton!