A Dermatologist Debunks Three Common Sunscreen Myths

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Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that is primarily caused by sun exposure, so everyone is at risk. It's so common, that nearly 5 million Americans are treated every year. In fact, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. The good news is it's preventable, that's why Dr. Nkem Ugonabo partnered with Neutrogena to spread the word. For years, Neutrogena has been committed to supporting sun safety and providing sunscreen solutions for all as a preventative measure for skin cancer. In honor of Melanoma Awareness Month this May and Melanoma Awareness Day on May 6, Neutrogena is proud to share it has donated over 1 million dollars to the Melanoma Research Foundation over their 7-year relationship. And what we love about the brand, is that they make it super easy to choose the sunscreen that works best for specific needs, so you actually use it every day. What are some common myths and misconceptions around sunscreen? The first, is thinking that because there is SPF in your makeup, you don't need to wear sunscreen. Unfortunately, the SPF in makeup isn't enough to limit the harmful effects of UV-Rays. If you're looking for an SPF that works well under makeup, try the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Serum SPF 60+ , a weightless serum that protects, hydrates and primes skin for makeup in one step. The second myth is thinking that if you have dark skin, you don't need to wear sunscreen. Everyone is at risk for melanoma, so regardless of your skin color, you need to wear sunscreen. A great option is Neutrogena's Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60+ . This sunscreen helps fight against environmental aggressors like ozone and pollution while hydrating skin. The last myth is thinking that you don't need sunscreen if it's cloudy or cold. Every day is 'sun' day. Wearing sunscreen every day is the best way to prevent skin cancer. It's best to look for sunscreen labels that say, 'broad spectrum' and always wear an SPF 30 or higher. A great option is Neutrogena's new Invisible Daily Defense Mineral Face Liquid SPF 30 which provides 100% mineral active protection with a smooth and lightweight finish. What are some other healthy habits that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to reduce the risk of skin cancer? In addition to wearing sunscreen, avoid being out in the sun during peak hours. The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you're spending extended periods of time outside, it's best to seek shade (for example, under an umbrella). It's also important to cover up with protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses when you can. Lastly, make sure to see your friendly dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening and mole check. Check out Neutrogena.com for some helpful tips and get these products everywhere at retailers nationwide and on Amazon.