Protect and prevent for Melanoma Awareness Month

Temperatures are creeping up, the sun is shining a little and we are hoping for a warm summer.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month so I just wanted to touch on the importance of looking after your skin in the warmer weather.

SPF is non-negotiable all year round but is even more important while the sun is out, and we are exposing more of our limbs.

About 1,200 people are diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer each year in Ireland.

Everyone is at some risk of developing melanoma.

However, your risk may increase depending on factors such as sun exposure, number of moles on the skin, skin type and family history (genetics).

The safest thing to do is ensure that you are religious about SPF.

The tinted one

Image Skincare Prevention+ Sun Serum SPF 30 Tinted (€64) will keep skin fresh, dewy and protected. It works to provide broad spectrum UV protection along with a unifying skin tint suitable for all skin types. This new serum floats onto the skin with a modern formula of 100% mineral UV filters in a hydrating serum texture for daily use. The universal tinted formula blends seamlessly into all skin tones for a light, glowing finish that can be worn on its own or beautifully under make-up as a primer. Infused with beneficial antioxidants such as ginger root extract, vitamin C and vitamin E, this powerful SPF will help to fight against the effects of environmental aggressors like the sun, wind and weather.

The top up one

Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Fragrance Free Face Mist (RPP €16.99) can be conveniently applied over makeup. It is quite refreshing too and is very handy for the handbag or glove compartment for emergencies. This lightweight aerosol mist offers broad spectrum protection, making re application of your SPF easier than ever. Make sure to use it on your neck and decolletage too for ultra protection.

The family favourite

P20 Kids Cream SPF50+ (200ml RRP €40) is a gentle sun cream specially developed for children’s sun sensitive skin. It provides category leading protection for up to 10 hours and water resistance up to 3 hours. This gentle sunscreen contains no added fragrance, is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic and allergy-certified while providing 4-star UVA protection. Being SPF50+ means that it provides the highest UVB protection against burning. P20 Kids is also free from added fragrance and colourants.

The sports lovers one

Dermalogica Protection 50 sport SPF50 (RRP €43) is a water-resistant (80 minutes) broad spectrum sun protection for face and body. This sheer solar protection treatment defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault.

Oleosome microspheres help enhance SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure. The lightweight formula helps neutralise damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after feel.