According to L'Oréal Paris and Melanoma Research Alliance, cases of melanoma, the most common cancer in American women, have tripled in the last 30 years. And according to the American Cancer Society, one person dies of melanoma every 57 minutes.
If that's not enough to scare you into stocking up on sunscreen and grabbing a beach umbrella, what about the fact that too much time in the sun will also make you look older? The Center for Disease Control reports that tan skin is damaged skin, which means, if you tan, you can expect to see fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and sagging sooner.
Here are quick, derm-approved ways to up your sun protection game.
Get a Better BB
Remember: Just because the SPF of your product is higher doesn't mean you can skimp on coverage. For full protection, you need to be covering your face with at least a teaspoon-sized amount of makeup. And that's a lot.
For a cream-to-powder finish foundation, Dr. Graf recommends Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50, $34. If you prefer a BB cream, we like L'Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 50, $10.99, and Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50, $34. And if you like even less color, try a tinted sunscreen like Coola Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint, $36.
Touch Up With SPF
You can also help set your makeup on hot days by spritzing on Goldfaden MD Sun Visor SPF 30, $45. Mist the spray over your makeup to give skin a matte finish, and throw it in your bag for quick touch-ups for your face and body throughout the day.
Sun-Proof Your Clothes
Before you roll your eyes at sun-protective clothing, check out brands like Mott 50 and Parasol (which is carried at Neiman Marcus). The fabric has an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 50, and they make dresses, tees, pants and skirts.
Accessorize Like Grace Kelly
Not ready to rock a hat? New York City dermatologist Gervaise Gerstner M.D. says, "Don't forget SPF on the scalp and part line!" While pulling the hair back to cover up your part helps, it's still important to spray sunscreen over the hair, as the scalp is one of the most common areas people overlook when applying sunscreen.