It's advice we hear constantly but often ignore: Don't leave the house without wearing sunscreen. Really, what's going to happen if you don't protect your skin just one time, right? Well, the truth is that it just takes one bad burn (and sometimes no evidence of a burn at all) to get melanoma, or cancer. And like most cancers, especially if untreated, melanoma can be deadly. The facts are dramatic, but they're also the truth. And, it's the reason your friends, the dermatologist, major celebrities and your parents are constantly reminding you to apply sunscreen. But, if you still need a little push, these five reasons ought to do the trick.
1: It's Ok To Be A Little Vain
Molly Sims said so — "I'm just as vain as the next girl. I'm normally worried about sunspots and wrinkles and melasma [gray-brown patches on the skin]. Yesterday, went and got my sunspots actually checked and I found out they were pre-cancerous. So make sure you put on your sunscreen every single day."
We agree with Molly – you see melanoma often needs to be removed surgically and can leave you with nasty looking scars. Dabbing on some sunscreen seems like an easy enough alternative to going under the knife.
2: The Numbers Don't Lie
We did our research and the stats are jarring. For starters, melanoma is one of the most common cancers in women under 40. And in the U.S., on average one person dies of melanoma every hour -- every day. It accounts for 75 percent of skin cancer-related deaths.
3: You Can Still Get A Tan
Just because you wear sunscreen doesn't mean you have to give up on a summer tan. There are some great ways to get a darker complexion during beach season – none of which involve baking in the sun. Our favorite method is using sunless tanner (here's the secret to a perfect application). For a quicker fix, we love bronzers and powders too.
4: Melanoma Does Not Discriminate
Dascha Polanco took to Instagram to say -- "There's a misconception that if you're Latina there's no need for sunscreen..." And, she's right -- skin cancer rates among Hispanics have skyrocketed in the US -- in the past two decades alone, it has risen by 19 percent.
5: Sunburns Are No Fun
Getting scorched is the worst. A bad burn starts off being uncomfortable, making your skin itchy and hot. Next, your skin starts to peel (which is gross). After that, you've got possible scarring and sunspots to look forward to. On top of it all, you look pretty foolish.
Feeling inspired? Add a video or photo to your Instagram feed and tag it with#itsTHATworthit to inspire others to wear sunscreen. Then, tag your friends, to continue spreading the word. And, for goodness sake – get yourself some UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen!