When the new #SKINCHECKER campaign by La Roche-Posay was introduced to me I knew immediately that I want to share it on my blog, firstly, because it's so important to help raising the awareness of skin cancer and secondly, the campaign video is too cute not to share :)
Skin cancer is the only cancer visible to the naked eye and, if diagnosed early enough, 90% of Melanoma (skin cancer) cases can be treated effectively. So to encourage people to check their skin, their moles and prevent skin cancer, La Roche-Posay have created this adorable video which is a 'share and care' campaign and ask people to join #skincheckers worldwide.
As a person who genetically has been blessed with many moles/beauty spots (thanks mum!) the subject is close to my heart. I get very concerned about any new moles appearing on my skin, especially after Summer when I was exposed more to the sun. The best advice is to keep checking your skin for any new moles or any changes happening to the existing ones and to consult the doctor with any concerns. It's always better to be a bit paranoid than to regret later that we ignored the early skin cancer symptoms which are, most of the time, totally curable.
With the Summer entering UK and the holidays season upon us, most of us will be enjoying the sunshine, sunbathing and getting tanned. It's all fine as long as we remember to do it responsibly and protecting our skin from harmful sun rays. I am guilty of being on the beach without any sunscreen on or not using high SPF on my face during sunny days. That resulted in me getting sunburnt on a few occasions and sun spots on my face which faded with time but are still there and get more noticeable during Summer. I'm now older and wiser and try to protect my skin and the skin of my children with good quality products containing high SPF. Normally I use on my face sunscreen with SPF50 and when I'm on the beach or just exposing my skin to the sun I apply lotion with SPF30 all over my body. I always use SPF50 on my boys as their skin is still too sensitive.
One thing that I used to hate, up until a couple of years ago, was using sunscreen on my face, especially on every day basis, as they were greasy, sticky, heavy and made my oily skin even shinier. There was no way I could wear makeup on top as it would just slide off within few minutes. Nowadays many brands produce great facial sunscreens which are lightweight, suitable for even oily skin and perfect under makeup, so you can use them all year round protecting your skin not only from dangerous cancer but also from dark pigmentation and too early aging.
I used to use Mattifying Lotion SPF50 from Eucerin which is really good and currently I'm using Ultra-light Tinted Fluid Anthelios XL SPF50+ by La Roche-Posay and loving it.
This facial sun lotion contains very high protection against UVA + UVB radiation and it's perfect for those with combination/oily skin. The consistency of the product is very runny, it has a bit of tint to it so it evens out the skin tone very lightly and it's the perfect product to use on the beach when makeup is the last thing you want to worry about but still want a tiny bit of coverage. The formula is very lightweight, sinks in to the skin quickly without leaving any greasy or sticky residue and doesn't interfere with makeup applied on top. I use it with my usual foundations and I haven't noticed my makeup wearing off quicker then normal.
What about you? Are you consistent with protecting your skin during sunny days? Do you use products with high SPF on you face?
And remember to join the La Roche-Posay campaign and become #SKINCHECKER for yourself and your loved ones.
Disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored post but it contains a product sent to me as PR sample, opinions are my own.