How I protect my skin from the sun.





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May is skin cancer awareness month.  This is very personal to me because I was diagnosed with Basal cell carcinoma when I was 33.  Luckily, this is the least dangerous/aggressive type of skin cancer, but it still requires additional treatment.  I noticed a red bump on my cheek and I thought it was a pimple.  After months it didn’t budge, so I made an appointment with my dermatologist.  They biopsied it and confirmed that is was basal cell.  I was really surprised by this diagnosis because I have never tanned my face and have always worn sunscreen.  Apparently, redheads are the most likely to get skin cancer.  Lucky me!!!  I had a procedure called MOHS surgery where they removed a dime sized area of my cheek.  They use a certain technique to minimize scarring and my results were truly amazing!!  Even though I’ve always protected my skin, obviously I wasn’t doing enough.  After this diagnosis, I got really intense about guarding my skin from the sun.  Here are some tried and true life practices for me.

  1. I get yearly skin checks at my dermatologist
  2. I never leave the house bare faced.  I always have makeup with an SPF or at least a tinted moisturizer.
  3. If I’m going to be outside for any extended amount of time, I wear a hat and big sunglasses. It may seem like I’m just trying to be fashionable, but I’m actually protecting my skin and preventing wrinkles!
  4. I reapply sunscreen hourly!! I know it’s hard to remember, but putting it on once isn’t enough! I put an alarm on my phone. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your lips and scalp (or where you part your hair)
  5. And do I really even have to say this anymore, but for gosh sake don’t get in the tanning bed.
  6. If I need color for an event, I get a spray tan or apply sunless tanner.
  7. I have a huge collection of cover ups that I wear until I actually get in the pool!  There are some really cute ones right now!


Here are some of my favorite skin protection products.  I really love COOLA products because they are “clean” , work well, and smell amazing! 


I swear by summer accessories to protect my skin and I’m fine with looking stylish in the process. Here are a few of my favorites! 





I hope these tips are helpful as you hit the pool or beach this summer!  How diligent are you about protecting your skin?  As always, thanks so much for following along!