I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Sunscreen!



Let’s face it: at age thirteen, we’re pretty much through putting up with our parents smearing white globs all over our bodies and faces. Proms, recitals, banquets and all the other events that come with our teenage years coax us into lying out in the sun and applying for memberships at the local tanning bed. We become so mesmerized by that bronze, sun-kissed, golden skin that we neglect to see the hurt we are doing to our bodies.

Brittany Cicala, 19, was featured in an ABC News article as an average, fun-loving teenager who tossed the sunscreen aside once she was free from her parents’ grasp. At 17, she had become a member of her local tanning bed … and for what price? Many surgeries to fight melanoma, the skin cancer that developed as a result.

“I felt like most teenage girls do, that I look better with a tan,” Cicala reported in the article to justify her actions. But now she realizes her faults. “Even if you’re out in the sun for 10 minutes, you can still get sun exposure, and bad sun exposure at that.”

Cicala was just an average teenage girl trying to get tan so that she would look good in her white lace prom dress: something many girls today are guilty of.

Maybe you don’t layout or go to tanning beds at all. However, any type of outdoor physical activity such as running, swimming, and cycling all require sunscreen use, even though you aren’t exactly “laying out.” Just because you don’t layout doesn’t mean your skin cells are all of a sudden protected from the sun. It is essential to apply at least 30 SPF sunscreen a half hour before your workout and that you use a sweat-resistant formula.

Here are some sunscreen facts provided by skincancer.org and SHAPE Magazine:Ÿ

• The average adult needs to apply about one shot glass full of sunscreen and then reapply every one to two hours while in the sun in order to properly protect the skin from sun damage.

• Wearing sunscreen does not decrease your vitamin D intake from the sun. 40% of the sun’s UV rays can still reach the earth on a cloudy day, so clouds are no reason to chuck the sunscreen.

• Only the windshield helps to protect you from UVA waves. According to CBS news, an anonymous truck driver who had been driving for 28 years began to show signs of severe skin damage on the left side of his face. See his image here:


• The scalp and the neck are two of the most common areas that people forget to apply sunscreen. If you don’t like the feeling of sunscreen on your head, try wearing a hat. SHAPE also recommends using an aerosol sunscreen that won’t make you feel greasy.

• Are you already religious about using sunscreen? Try incorporating some antioxidant-rich foods like berries, watermelon, and tomatoes into your diet. These can help repair already damaged cells in the body.

• “I’m dark-skinned and don’t burn, so I don’t need sunscreen.” This is so, so, so very false and is a very common mistake. In fact, many people with darker skin colors have died from melanoma because it was not discovered soon enough. “Sun damage is color-blind,” says Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey.

About to pack your bag for track practice tomorrow? Go through your checklist:

Water bottle

and… oh yeah…

SPF 30 (sweat resistant)!


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