Posted in News on November 14th, 2010 by Reagan
Note from Reagan: In the last few years, I’ve started worrying about how my years of tanning during my teens would effect my fair skin. I’ve become a big fan of sunscreen in the last few years and I am basically best friends with my dermatologist in hopes of preventing any serious skin problems. I’m “high-risk” for skin cancer, so sunscreen isn’t even an option, but a total must during my daily routine. I asked my friend Andrea, who is an esthetician to write about the importance of sunscreen for all of us because she is often talking about skin care on her blog, and she really knows her stuff. I know skincare isn’t exactly hairdressering, but it is important…and even sort of relevant if you think about it long enough. I don’t know what the H I’m talking about when it comes to this stuff, so take it away, Andrea!
I am so happy to be on HDOF! I’ve been an avid follower ever since Reagan created it. She even
answered my frizzy question
On my own blog I get a lot of makeup and other skin care questions, which I totally enjoy. While giving
advice about makeup and other things is really fun (I do love makeup) Reagan asked me to write about
something a little bit more important for once. I’m talking about sunscreen and not just for wrinkle
prevention (which I am vain enough to care a lot about) but cancer prevention.
One thing I noticed with my clients was that a lot of them seemed to think that if they didn’t get a
sunburn then they weren’t damaging their skin. This is 100% false. Every second your skin is exposed to
the sun it is being damaged. And all of that damage doesn’t just go away, it builds up over your entire
life. We all need vitamin D but you get enough vitamin D in your walk from your driveway to your car to
last a week. (Disclaimer, I am NOT a dermatologist, but I’m pretty sure that’s true.) Plus if you’re
concerned you aren’t getting enough, supplements do just as good of a job.
Here are a few sunscreen tips:
1. You need to wear sunscreen every single day, not just when you are at the lake. It doesn’t matter if it’s
raining and you’re only going to the post office, UV Rays don’t take days off due to weather.
2. Using sunscreen is great, but you also need to make sure you are using enough. Smearing on a tiny bit
isn’t going to give you the coverage you need. Pretend you have really dry skin and use it like you’d use a
3. Some types of makeup have sunscreen built right in, which is great. The problem is it gives people a
false sense of security because it really only gives you about 30% of the coverage you actually need.
4. Anything below SPF 20 isn’t worth your time. At least 20 people!
5. There are two different kinds of UV-Rays that you need to be protected against, UV-A and UV-B. The
sunscreen you buy needs to be a broad spectrum sunscreen because that means it protects against both.
5. If your face is anything like mine it doesn’t like sunscreen. I actually got a rash from using it everyday
because I was sensitive to something in it. But luckily I found an all natural one that is awesome! It’s by
USkinCare, you can find it here. You have to buy it from a licensed professional (esthetician, hair stylist, etc). Totally worth it!
6. Sunscreen expires and becomes less effective over time. New sunscreen every six months!
7. Self checks are very important. You need to learn about the ABC’s of moles and talk to a
dermatologist if you see anything suspicious. Here is a link with a full description and pictures of what the ABC’s are.
8. Don’t forget about your lips! They are skin too. Putting on high shine lip gloss might look super pretty
but it will draw in damage like laying out with baby oil on. Use some chapstick (they have kinds that
come with spf) first.
I think that a lot of people feel invincible when it comes to skin cancer because sometimes (NOT all the
time) it’s not something you have to deal with until you’re older. I bet if you asked anyone who’d ever
had it, or even had a scare, they would tell you they wished they’d taken precautionary steps when they
I’m a little embarrassed to write this next story, because I totally overreacted, but a few years ago I
had a teeny mole that started itching. I heard that itching can mean the mole is growing deeper and
it should be checked out. I made an emergency appointment at the dermatologist and had him look
at every single teeny mole on my body. In that moment I wished I could give back every little bit of
tan my skin had ever seen. I regretted tanning so bad! And this wasn’t even a real scare, there wasn’t
anything wrong with me and the Dr. was a little annoyed that he stayed late to see me because I was
an “emergency.” I can’t imagine how terrible I would have felt if there had actually been a problem! It’s
not worth it!
Most of the damage we cause to our skin happens in our teens but then doesn’t present itself until years
later. I can’t speak for everyone but when I was a teen I didn’t care that I had pale skin that doesn’t tan
well, all I wanted was to look “better” and I burned over and over and over trying to get a tan. Well
people I am here to say that being tan is going out of style! Slather your kids up as soon as you take
them outside and teach them that pale is pretty, because it is. The closer your skin is to it’s natural color,
the healthier it is. Here are some very pretty pale people to prove it.
(Reagan, if I ever come to NY will you please cut my bangs like this?) (Reagan here….of course, crazy! Come soon!)
I’m going to go hug my sunscreen. (ps my derm told me to use 30spf during the winter and 50spf during the summer.)