Skin Cancer Protection
New research suggests men are 70% more likely to die from malignant melanoma than women, our Grooming Editor Lee Kynaston picks out five skincare products that might just save your life.
We all know that sun is our skin’s worst enemy but new data from Cancer Research UK has shown just how dangerous it really is.
Information from the latest figures available show that men are 70% more likely to die from malignant melanoma - the most deadly form of skin cancer - than women. Even more alarming is news that death rates of this largely preventable disease have gone up by 185% since the early Seventies.
This may be partly due to men’s reluctance to visit the doctor with unusual-looking moles and a lingering attitude that sun protection isn’t necessary or is somehow ‘unmanly’. The reality, of course, is that sun protection is essential. So to stay safe make sure you factor up with these little lifesavers…
This light-weight, moisturiser can be used every morning after cleaning or shaving and features a handy built-in sunscreen. Think of this as a daily insurance policy for your face.
Protect lips with...Anthony Mint and White Tea Lip Balm SPF25.
A great pocket essential this lip balm packs an impressive SPF25 sunscreen. It softens and protects lips whilst also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Protect your body with...Malin+Goetz SPF 30 High Protection.
According to Professor Julia Newton-Bishop, a Cancer Research UK dermatologist based at the University of Leeds, men are more likely to develop melanomas on their backs and chests so make sure these parts are adequately protected with this non-greasy sun spray. As well as being easy to apply it’s great for hirsute guys as it’s not as sticky or as gooey as creams.
Exposed to sunlight day-in, day out, hands are often one of the first parts of the body to show signs of skin damage. Remember to liberally re-apply sunscreen to your hands when exposed to the sun’s burning UVB and ageing UVA rays. Apply a rich hand cream such as Anthony Hand Cream after sun exposure to keep hands conditioned and hydrated.
“It’s vital that men use sun protection and avoid sun burn at all costs.”
Paul Banwell, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Skin Cancer Expert
To make sure you never char avoid the sun between 11am - 3pm, when it’s at it's strongest, and always protect you're skin if you’re on the beach. To be on the safe side go for a product like this one, which has a high SPF - especially if you’re fair skinned. Better still, why not skip the sun altogether and opt for a fake tan using a self tanner? After all, better to be safe than sorry.
Further reading: A Guide to Sun Protection Factor (SPF).