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143. Melanoma May - what’s inside the bottle?

Updated: May 13

May is Melanoma Awareness month - what does melanoma mean?

Melanoma, which means "black tumor," is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It grows quickly and has the ability to spread to any organ. Melanoma comes from skin cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the dark pigment that gives skin its color. - Cleveland Clinic

I wanted to highlight the importance of wearing sun protection daily. In January, a client was headed to the Caribbean for the season and I was emphatic that she use sun protection… her response, ‘Why is sunscreen recommended daily?’ and ‘Why do I need to reapply it?’

How can we get our clients, friends and family on board with using sunscreens everyday? Educate them…

Studies show that regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen, when used as directed, can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent. Help prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun, including wrinkles, sagging and age spots. - The Skin Cancer Foundation

SPF = SUN PROTECTION FACTOR – What does this mean?

The number of the factor is your protection level, we recommend a high factor being spf30 or above. The number of the sun protection is an indication of the amount of time your skin will be protected before you would naturally burn if it's been applied correctly.

The amount we should apply is a teaspoon size amount for the face and a shot glass size amount for the body. This amount should then be reapplied every two hours or after swimming if that's sooner.

So an SPF 30 will protect for 30 x 10 minutes

300 minutes in total. If you use something like the protection 50 sport spf50 the equation 50 x 10 = 500 minutes. If you’re in direct sun, it’s recommended to reapply every two hours to protect your skin and prevent sunburn.

Some interesting facts:

☀️ 29% of people use sunscreen on their face most or all of the time

☀️ 43% sometimes put it on their face,

☀️ 28% rarely or never use it.

Additionally, nearly half (44%) of women use sunscreen on their face most or all of the time, compared to just 15% of men.

(Statistics from Advanced Dermatology 2022)

☀️90% of our skin aging is caused by the sun, this is more than stress & smoking!!

"Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Nearly all skin cancers can be treated effectively if they are found early." - American Cancer Society

☀️The sun is responsible for 86% of skin cancers - this can be caused by UVA and UVB rays. Always try to step up to a SPF 50 during the summer monthA. This is why reapplication is so important!

☀️SPF in foundation isn’t enough – it’s an added benefit, not enough is applied and they rarely contain UVA filters just UVB. Ultraviolet A rays are responsible for ageing and ultraviolet B rays are what cause burning.

☀️ Daily moistitusers should contain an spf30 - Dedicated sunscreens always need to be applied before makeup.

☀️Physical and mineral SPF’S should always be advised for sensitive skins and post procedure

Know your ingredients:


🧬 Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral compound that has been used for its white pigment and as a natural opacifier in cosmetics for many years. It’s white pigment can leave a slight residue on the skin so make sure it’s massaged in thoroughly.

🧬 Titanium Dioxide has a high refractive index - Refractive index is a material property that describes how the material affects the speed of light travelling through it - Institute of Physics

🧬 Titanium dioxide makes an excellent sunscreen ingredient, providing protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

🧬 Titanium Dioxide does not clog pores or cause skin irritation, which make it an attractive ingredient for physical sunscreens like invisible physical defence, a natural mineral powder sunscreen.


🧬 Zinc Oxide is a mineral compound that has a multitude of uses, but has been used as a medical salve since 500 B.C.

🧬 Zinc Oxide is a common ingredient in cosmetics, primarily used for its white pigment and is a popular ingredient in sunscreen.

🧬 Zinc Oxide in sunscreen is formulated with micronized zinc oxide which provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

🧬 Zinc Oxide combined with Titanium Dioxide provide excellent broad-spectrum sun protection by reflecting the sun’s rays off the skin.

🧬 Zinc Oxide also contains soothing properties and combined with its high refractive index makes it a popular ingredient in physical sunscreens.

I’ll leave you with my constant reminder - As well as knowing your ingredients and why sunscreen should be worn every day of the year, I highlight the need for reapplication. It is so easy to get caught out without proper reapplication, you're at risk of painful sunburns, skin damage, early aging, and a heightened risk of skin cancer… every two hours slather on another layer of spf please!

If you'd like a personalised skincare prescription book a consultation with our expert 

Thank you for reading, if this was useful please 🩵 and if it could help someone in your network, please share.

Thank you ~ Diana x

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