80% of Sunscreens Don't Work and More Bad News About Skin Cancer
We have bad news, and we have worse news. A recent report by the CDC found that the diagnosis of melanoma has doubled between 1982 and 2011. By 2030, the cost of treating skin cancer patients will reach an astounding $1.9 billion. We're wondering: how did this happen? Today, we are so much smarter than our mothers, who baked in olive oil while laying in the sun. The beauty industry has made amazing strides in sunscreen technology over the last three decades, and tanning beds have nearly become obsolete.
The problem may have something to do with sunscreen. A separate report by the Environmental Working Agency discovered that the majority of the sun protection products on the market are inefficient. "[Eighty] percent of 1,700 products we examined this year offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A," the EWG wrote. The organisation even put together a Hall of Shame list with the worst offenders. If you can't rely on your sunscreen to keep you safe, what can you do?
Stay protected from UV rays by covering your skin with hats and light clothing when possible. Make sure to wear sunglasses with protection, too. When choosing a sunscreen, look for a product with SPF between 15 and 50 (anything about 50 isn't really giving you more protection). It's important to reapply product every two hours. The new facial spray and powder formulas are ideal options when you don't want to mess up your makeup. These products will help create a barrier between you and the sun, and diligent sun-safety practices can make all the difference when it comes to decreasing the melanoma numbers.