Melanoma Monday and Neutrogena!

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Today, May 5th is Melanoma Monday and NEUTROGENA®  is kicking off the  Choose Skin Health campaign in an effort to raise awareness for skin cancer and prevention. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is the most preventable type of cancer but is still on the rise. Go to The Choose Skin Health webpage and find a FREE skin care screening near you, download a free self exam kit and learn how to prevent this disease.

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Did you know… the sun is actually brighter now than it was four centuries ago?

The sun is getting brighter, there is less protective ozone and people are spending more time outdoors. And, due to global climate changes, the spring season starts earlier and fall arrives later. This means we are exposed to more dangerous UV rays now than in earlier decades.

My personal experience with skin cancer has not been pretty. I first noticed a red raised spot that would not heal on my thumb about six years ago, I let it go thinking it was just a harmless wart but it turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma (pre-cancerous) and now I have a lovely scar one-and-a-half inch scar.  Having to go through that scary experience made me ultra aware of having a dermatologist skin check once a year. Unfortunately, since then I have had six more “spots” that have all turned about to be basal cell carcinomas–these were caught early enough that surgery wasn’t necessary, however each one has had to be excised by scraping and burning the area.  None of these spots were painful; they were merely small red spots that sometimes itched. My dermatologist said on my first visit he could tell I had grown up in a warm climate–he guessed either Florida or California–he was right; Southern California. When I was growing up  I seldom used sunscreen and as a teenager wore baby oil as sunscreen: I had several bad burns.  Add to that my using tanning beds in my 30’s and I am a perfect candidate for skin cancer.

I’m telling you my story because I want you to be aware of how preventable skin cancer by just wearing sunscreen and getting a skin check by a dermatologist every year. DO IT!!

  • Here are some astonishing facts about skin cancer:
  • Skin cancer is the second most common form of cancer in 15-29 year olds
  • 1 in 5 of Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime
  • Skin cancer is most deadly in African Americans
  • Using a tanning bed before you’re 30 increases your risk of melanoma by 75%

Having said all that, not all broad spectrum sunscreens are created equal. Check out these six sunscreens that dermatologists recommend for surviving the summer season and beyond.

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1.       NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense™ Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Provides beach strength broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection in a lightweight, fast absorbing formula, ideal for outdoor skin protection of the active family.

2.       NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® Body Mist Sunscreen: Stabilized with Helioplex® Technology, providing superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against UVA-aging and UVB-burning rays in an ultra-light, non-greasy finish.

3.       NEUTROGENA® Wet Skin Kids Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45+: Developed with a technology that is designed to cut through water to apply directly to wet skin with minimal whitening or dripping off.

4.       NEUTROGNA® Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55: Specially designed to provide superior sun protection without causing breakouts on acne-prone skin.

5.       NEUTROGENA® Age Shield™ Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110: Skin conditioners hydrate and replenish skin as the lightweight lotion absorbs quickly for a fresh, non-greasy feel, protecting your face and helping to maintain a youthful appearance every time you wear it.

6.       NEUTROGENA® MicroMist® Airbrush Sunless Tan: For those looking to avoid the rays, this one-touch continuous spray works at any angle to tan hard-to-reach places–even your back. It dries fast and won’t clog pores.

 NEUTROGENA® takes suncare seriously too and  that is why they started the Buy One, Donate One campaign:

  • For every NEUTROGENA® product with SPF purchased from May through July, NEUTROGENA® will make a donation to a family in need

Bottom Line: If detected early, skin cancer has a 98% survival rate. Wear sunscreen EVERY DAY and  get checked by a dermatologist, PLEASE!

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Comments

  1. It’s been so darn cold here in New England that I haven’t purchased this year’s sunscreen from Neutrogena. Hopefully the sun will appear one of these days! I am considering buying one of the new long sleeve beach coverups I’ve seen in catalogues for some extra protection since I’m so covered with dark spots

  2. Great way to bring attention and awareness to melanoma. I haven’t used any neutrogena sunblocks due to some of the ingredients. Great post

  3. Thanks for sharing!

  4. SPF all the way!

  5. This is a great post. Thank you!

  6. Thanks for giving this attention. I wish more people cared more about melanoma than having tan, trendy skin.

  7. Unfortunately due to my childhood history of bad burns, I need to stay vigilant about my skin. As a pale redhead, It does not take long for me to burn – and the sun doesn’t need to be very bright to burn my skin either. I will have to keep an eye out for the face sunscreen and see if it will work on my skin. Thank you for this post!

  8. I use the Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Purescreen sunscreen. It is mineral, safe for my skin and gives 60 SPF. It’s good stuff. 😀

  9. So important that we stress the importance of SPF! I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin makeup which has a bunch of antioxidants plus SPF for optimal skin health!

  10. SPF all the way. Thank you for stressing the importance of SPF, so important and most people ignore it. Love this post.

  11. Thanks for sharing your story. I am sure there are many women who have made the same mistakes, myself included. In my early to mid 20’s I was ALL ABOUT the tanning beds. It makes me shudder to think about it now (and how much money I wasted!)

  12. I hate to hear about your experience with skin cancer. At least you are going for annual check ups and catching it early. My Mom had a skin cancer scare when I was young so she started lathering me and my brothers up with sunscreen back in the 80’s before anyone else even knew was SPF was. I lost my sister-in-law to melanoma and I saw what she went through. It’s just awful. Thank you for spreading the message about skin care and sunscreen.

  13. I have and love the Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Lotion for my son!

  14. It’s all about the sunscreen!

  15. I didn’t know Neutrogena made a spray on faux tan. Neutrogena is my go to drugstore brand for sun protection. I am sorry to read about your personal side to this story.

  16. Like you, I burned a little too often as a kid with my baby oil ‘sunscreen’. I use a really good sunscreen now – concrete. I stay inside my concrete-block home! lol. SPF is important!

  17. SPF is so important. Thanks for sharing.

  18. SPF is seriously important. Great post

  19. I always choose Neutrogena for sunscreen.

  20. Great post. I love Neutrogena’s sun protection products!

  21. Can’t leave home w/o sunscreen on, that’s for sure.

  22. I need to get a new sunscreen . I should totally try one of Neutrogenas this time

  23. Thank you for building awareness and spreading the message. I just decided one day 17 or so rears ago that I will stop tanning and use sunscreen every day, and so far I kept that promise to myself. I lather it on every day, even when I’m indoors, and take Vit D supplements instead. I don’t know anyone who had skin cancer, so my decision wasn’t influenced by a scare from someone else’s experience.

  24. I can’t believe I used to hang out at the beach sunning myself for hours at a time with very little protection. That was many years ago and luckily it has not came back to haunt me. I always use sunscreen now and have used Neutrogena and think it is a good product.

    • My sister would have contests with her friends to see who could get the darkest, she never burned like I did though!

  25. Thanks for such a great and useful post! When I was younger then I used to sunbathe a lot wihtout any sunscreen, but now during sunny spring and summer days products with SPF are a must for me.

  26. I tanned in high school but after some family cancer scares I’m pro-SPF all over- forever!

  27. I am a freak about sun care. Neutrogena is a go to for me.

  28. A family member just had basal cell carcinoma removed from her neck – it’s very scary and serious!

  29. Some of my favorite products were listed here. SPF is so important!

  30. I love neutrogena and I always use their skin care items