There's an undeniable allure to summer. The season unfurls a symphony of long, languid days, crystal clear waters, and balmy evenings - a time to bare your skin, unfurl your wings and dive headfirst into the sunlit hours. As the temperatures rise and the daylight hours lengthen, it's clear that summer is on the horizon. And for many of us, that means we're gearing up for beach trips, pool parties, and sun-soaked vacations. But as we dive into the season of sunshine and swimwear, Moeva would like to take a moment to celebrate something that's often overlooked, but incredibly important - sunscreen.
We've always stood for more than just luxury swimwear and resortwear. We believe in celebrating the beauty of the sun-kissed days and balmy nights that our collections are designed for, while also advocating for the health and wellbeing of us. That's why, this summer, we're shining a spotlight on the vital role sunscreen plays in our lives, and raising awareness about the importance of skin cancer prevention.
The Sun: A Double-Edged Sword
The sun might be the life-giving force that allows us to enjoy the beautiful outdoor activities we love, but it's also a double-edged sword. Exposure to sunlight's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the most significant risk factor for most skin cancers, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
When our skin is exposed to UV radiation, it can damage the DNA in our skin cells, leading to mutations that can cause skin cancer. This risk isn't confined to the sunny summer months - it's year-round, as UVA rays (the primary type linked to skin aging and long-term skin damage) can penetrate clouds and glass, reaching us even on overcast days or when we're indoors near windows.
How to Prevent Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer worldwide, but the good news is that it's also one of the most preventable. Here are some key steps you can take to protect your skin and significantly reduce your risk of skin cancer:
Sunscreen: Best Defense
Sunscreen is one of your best defenses against harmful UV radiation. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it to all exposed skin, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Cover Up: When possible, wear clothing that covers your skin. Look for clothes with a high ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, neck, and ears, and wear UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes and the surrounding skin.
Seek Shade: The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you're outside during these hours, try to stay in the shade. Remember that UV rays can reflect off surfaces like water, sand, and concrete.
Avoid Tanning Beds: Tanning beds emit harmful UV rays that can increase your risk of skin cancer. If you want a tan, consider using a self-tanning product or spray, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
Be Aware of Medications: Some medications can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, increasing your risk of skin cancer. These can include certain antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies. If you're taking medication, ask your healthcare provider about any sun-sensitivity risks.
Get Regular Skin Checks: Regular self-examinations can help you spot changes in your skin that might signal skin cancer. Look for new growths, spots, bumps, patches, or sores that don't heal after a couple of weeks. If you notice any unusual changes, see a healthcare provider. It's also beneficial to have an annual skin check with a dermatologist, especially if you're at high risk.
Healthy Lifestyle: Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and a balanced diet rich in antioxidants can boost your body's ability to prevent the DNA damage that leads to skin cancer. Avoid smoking as it can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of skin cancer.
Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are primarily responsible for premature skin aging and wrinkles, while UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn. Both types contribute to skin cancer risk, which makes broad-spectrum protection a critical feature when choosing a sunscreen.
More Than Just SPF
Most people know that a higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) offers greater protection against the sun's damaging rays. However, there's more to sunscreen than just the SPF number.For one, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, or more often if you're swimming or sweating. Waterproof sunscreen is a good choice when you're in the water, but keep in mind that "waterproof" doesn't mean "apply once and forget" - it still needs to be reapplied to maintain its effectiveness.
Moreover, sunscreen should not be your only defense against the sun. Pair it with other sun-protection methods such as wearing UV-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, and seeking shade during the peak sun-intensity hours (10 am - 4 pm).
Moeva Collaborates With Lanchester Especially For This Day
Nothing signifies summer more than a flattering swimsuit or a chic piece of resortwear. It’s a time when we can express our personal style, whether it’s with a sleek one-piece, a vibrant bikini, a sophisticated cover-up, or a breezy kaftan. Each Moeva design is created with a nod to the latest fashion trends, marrying style with quality and comfort to ensure you look your best.
Moeva Celebrates Sunscreen:
As a brand synonymous with summer, Moeva knows the importance of sun protection, and we want our customers to be well informed, too. This summer, let's pledge to make sunscreen an essential part of our daily routines. It's a small step, but it can make a world of difference. We invite you to join us in celebrating sunscreen and taking a stance against skin cancer. Wear your favorite Moeva swimwear, lather up with your sunscreen of Lanchester and let the summer begin.