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Sunscreen and daily sunscreen use is something very near and dear to my heart. Sunscreen could have potentially saved my dad's life. My dad passed away when he was only 58 years old— passing after a long, hard battle with Melanoma (skin cancer). Dad was a working man and was always outside working on rooftops in the sun—and never used sunscreen. Sunscreen just was not something widely used back in his younger days, so he never thought to apply it before going to work.
Personally, I have had 15 potentially cancerous spots removed, and I am only 36 years old. To say I am an advocate for the use of sunscreen is an understatement. There is no bringing my dad back. Maybe, just maybe, I can influence a few of you who do not use sunscreen to make a change.
The Problem With Sunscreen
There are many reasons that people choose to not use sunscreen. I used to refuse to use it myself! Although, as you can imagine, watching my dad battle with skin cancer for years has changed my perspective. Sunscreen is part of my daily routine now. Here are just a few reasons people hate using sunscreen:
- Wanting a tan
- The smell of sunscreen
- Greasy film left on skin after putting on sunscreen
- It's too heavy on the skin
Most people avoid sunscreen because they want a tan. That is the exact reason I never used sunscreen in my younger years—until I found out that you CAN get a tan while using sunscreen! Think of sunscreen as a filter which protects you by filtering out the harmful UVA and UVB rays. You are still in the sun. So, from laying out to frolicking at the beach, you can still get a tan. It may take a few more days laying out using a sunscreen with SPF 30 to get that perfect tan, but well worth staying in good health. So, if you just can't stand not having a tan, you can still tan with a good SPF 30 sunscreen.
Reading on, you will see that I am going to bust all those excuses for not using sunscreen. Throughout the years, I have tried many, many types of sunscreen. Agreeing with many of those reasons to not use it. If you always give up, you will never succeed. The same goes for trying new products. I may not always like them, although I would never know if I never tried. Up until now, I had been using a sunscreen with SPF 30 coverage that I was not all that fond of. It functioned, and that was most important at the time.
Freckles and Sun Exposure
Freckles can be a pain for me, especially at this time of year, when I am exposed to the beautiful sunshine of spring and summer. Seriously, from being in the sun my freckles multiply faster than rabbits during mating season. We could endlessly play connect the dots with all these freckles! The only thing I really dislike about my skin is that the freckles darken, and as you can imagine, this makes my face very blotchy. Once the freckles darken on my face, I swear I end up with a freckle mustache! So, I want a sunscreen that is light enough to use on my face every day and gives me coverage without making me look all greased up, like a girl ready to rumble in a female oil wrestling match.
So far, I have come up short in finding a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for my face. All of them seem to leave me with an unwanted greasy glow! Surely, I am not the only one with freckle madness during the spring and summer months? Wearing less makeup in the summer than I do in winter makes it essential to find a sunscreen with great coverage. Makeup is great, and I love it, but not when it is melting off because it's 100 degrees outside! So, my summer look consists of just doing my brows and eyes, and maybe a little lipstick.
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Why I Love This Weightless SPF Sunscreen
I have been using the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen every day for two years now. This sunscreen has become my favorite, and here's why:
- SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Coverage
- 12-hour skin hydration
- UVA & UVB protection
- Goes on completely weightless
- No greasy residue
- Silky formula goes on easily
- Pump-style bottle
- Recommended for daily use by the Skin Cancer Foundation
- Pleasant light tropical scent
- Not a sticky formula
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen has me protected from both UVA and UVB rays. You know, those cancer-causing rays of sunshine that we all need to avoid! The pump-style bottle is much easier to use than other styles. I do not fumble around with a cap or spray nozzle, I just pump and apply. When your hands are already covered from spreading the sunscreen, other style bottles are inconvenient to try and hold on to while you are applying to other areas. This bottle is easy to use, you can even set it in the sand and push the pump if you choose. Try doing that with a spray sunscreen—it's not going to work out well! So, the pump style top is a huge win.
Spending any amount of time in the sun and heat dries your skin out. Most sunscreens feel more like caulk, thick and sticky keeping me weighed down. Plus, everything sticks to your skin like a magnet. With my Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen, it goes on without leaving a sticky or heavy residue. So, I am free to garden, or go to the beach without getting dirt, or sand stuck all over me! After spending the day outside, my skin is not dried out at all. In fact, it is soft to the touch and very hydrated!
One thing that is usually a make or break point with any sunscreen for me, is the fragrance. Nothing worse than your sunscreen clashing with your perfume. Some sunscreens have an extremely strong fragrance and personally, smelling like a coconut all day is not a dream come true. I do love the tropical fragrance of Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen! It is light enough that I can still use my perfume without the two co-mingling and creating an awful stench. Yet it is a great standalone tropical fragrance, so I can skip my perfume on any given day, letting my senses be whisked away on a tropical adventure (we all daydream).
Being so passionate about protecting my skin from harmful UV rays, I love that this product is endorsed for DAILY use by the Skin Cancer Foundation! I do want to mention that it is not for children under 6 years old. I use an SPF 70 for my kids, and they still end up with better tans than I do!
No Matter What You Choose, Protect Your Skin
First and foremost, please just take steps to protect your skin! You do not have to take my recommendation for any product. Just please take it on skin protection in general! Even on overcast days, you are exposed to UV rays that can potentially cause skin cancer. Watching my dad battle with Melanoma and losing him to skin cancer was the hardest thing I have ever been through. I'm sure I will never be able to stress the importance of sunscreen enough! Males, females, and kids—everyone needs to protect their skin.
Having suffered sun poisoning as a teen, I can tell you protecting your skin is the better option. Sun exposure will also age you prematurely. So, while you think you look better with a tan, think about looking 10 years older than you are. Remember, you can still get a tan with sunscreen! You are just protecting yourself against skin cancer, premature aging, and sun poisoning when you use sunscreen!
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen fits all my needs for a daily sunscreen, giving me a broad-spectrum SPF 30 UVA and UVB protection. It has a light tropical fragrance, so I can wear it with my normal smell goods! Its weightless 12-hour moisture hydrates my skin, even during prolonged sun exposure. It allows me to tan, even though my skin is fully protected. I can still look my best using Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Lotion Sunscreen since it leaves zero oily residue behind.
I enjoy it so much I use it in place of any other daily lotion. Even if I am just staying home, I love the light fragrance and how hydrated it keeps my skin!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Cynthia Hoover