Melanoma Monday, But It’s Not What You Think

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While I find the name “Melanoma Monday” to be extremely ill-conceived, I think it’s an important day of awareness. But first, let’s not get it twisted with Taco Tuesday, Pizza Friday or any other day connected to something you want. A few weeks ago, I commented to my gym friend (you know the people you see in class each week but don’t really know outside of that room) that she was looking nice and bronzed. I assumed she would tell me she got a spray or used a new lotion, because really, what 30+ year old woman actually goes to a tanning bed, right? Wrong. She said she was “tanning for her wedding” but “just a base.” It took me a minute to process and I felt that I didn’t know her well enough to shame her into never doing it again.  Shame might be a bit harsh, but tanning beds are cancer/wrinkle beds. Why mess with that?

What’s worse, according to a new sun study being released today by L’Oreal, is that American women give themselves a “C” when grading their sun care habits.  Basically, we know we should wear sunscreen, but don’t. What gives? I hear often from my friends and coworkers that it’s “cloudy” or “I’m inside all day” but honestly, the sun is smarter than you think. It reflects off of everything — concrete, snow, windows.  I also think there is a perception that sunscreen formulas are smelly, thick and goopy. Not the case anymore.

While I’m good about wearing SPF every day on my face and neck, even I can do a better job with my body. It’s not just when you’re at the beach or doing outdoor activities. So my Melanoma Monday commitment is to make it a routine to SPF my legs, arms, chest and hands. Don’t forget the hands! Will you join me in making a MM commitment?

Arming myself with a body SPF for all situations:

Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector / L’Oreal Sublime Sun Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil / Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense / Aveeno Natural Protection

6 thoughts on “Melanoma Monday, But It’s Not What You Think

  1. Lauren

    I ran into someone recently that proudly (!?) told me they went to a tanning bed and I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to say in response. It’s hard for me to believe that people still go to them.

    I’m religious about my face, but I need to be better about using SPF on my body. How do you protect your eye area?

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    1. Laurie, 312 Beauty Post author

      Lauren, it’s hard to say something in response, right? I overheard a few teenage girls working at Old Navy talking about tanning, too. I wanted to interrupt and just scream NOOOO! As for my eyes, I usually just wear sunglasses. But I’m going to test out Supergoop’s new eye cream that has SPF 30.

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