Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale is a dermatologist in NYC who specializes in skin cancer surgery, laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. She is a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, a vice president of the Skin Cancer Foundation and currently practices at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY.
Dr. Hale is also a mom of three kids, avid marathoner and consultant to Coppertone.
She shared her top five tips to avoid skin cancer, and revealed the newest items to win the battle of skin cancer from Coppertone:
Top Five Ways to Avoid Melanoma
1. UVA and UVB rays contribute to early skin aging and skin cancer. Therefore, wear at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen daily. Keep in mind that sunscreen usage increases with easy-to-use products and technology like sprays and sticks – I recommend Coppertone Sport C-Spray SPF 50; it’s easy to apply and stays on strong, especially during my intense workouts.
2. Reapplication is key. Reapply sunscreen every two hours when on the beach and after swimming and sweating. Just remember, UVA reaches the Earth’s surface 365 days a year and penetrates through clouds and even car and office windows. UVA rays contribute to skin cancer development as well as premature skin aging, no matter what your skin type is.
I also remind my patients to use secondary forms of protection such as sunglasses, hats, umbrellas and UV-protective clothing.
3. It’s important to make sure that every inch of skin is protected from sun exposure. The most commonly overlooked areas when applying sunscreen are the scalp, ears, backs of hands and nose.
Don’t Forget About Your Lips. Lips are always being exposed to the sun. Toss an SPF-containing chapstick like Coppertone Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 into your bag for everyday use to keep your lips hydrated and protected.
4. Stay Hydrated. Hydration can contribute to healthier skin. Water comprises nearly 60 percent of the body and plays a big role in overall health.
5. Get Regular Skin Checks. Melanoma may be genetic, so schedule recurring appointments with your dermatologist to receive a full-body skin check. Make sure you’re also paying attention to any moles on your body. If you notice any changes, make an appointment to see your dermatologist to get it checked.
Recommended for cost, efficacy and portability:
· For jetsetters – Coppertone Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 can easily fit in a pocket for on-the-go sun protection that also helps smooth and soften lips. Perfect for refreshing after a long flight.
· For portable protection - Coppertone Travel Size Lotions, available in SPORT, Kids and Water BABIES, can easily fit in a purse, diaper, or beach bag for on-the-go sun protection for the whole family.
· For a simple beauty regimen - Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 15, 30 and 50+ is a fragrance free, hypoallergenic sunscreen lotion specifically designed for the face. It helps prevent premature skin aging and won’t clog pores.
· For tattoo lovers – Coppertone Tattoo GUARD, available as a portable lotion (SPF 50) or stick (SPF 50+), can help protect against UVA and UVB rays that can fade or blur tattoos. A must-have for music festivals!
· Let the kids have fun with this one – Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam – is a soft, light foam innovation. The easy-to-apply sunscreen is perfect for parents and camp counselors who want to make sunscreen application fun!