Teen Role Model Actress Miranda Cosgrove, 18, Asks Fans to Make Smart Sun Choices
LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2012 / PR Newswire / — The end of winter is prime time for tanning as teens prepare for spring break and escape the cool-weather blues. An estimated 2.3 million teens visit a tanning salon at least once a year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. What these teens don’t realize is that just four visits to a tanning booth per year can increase their risk for melanoma by 11 percent. One teen wants to make a difference. Actress Miranda Cosgrove, 18, is passionate about helping Neutrogena spread sun safety education to teens.
“I don’t think teens realize the consequences associated with tanning,” said Miranda. “It’s important for me to help people my age realize that tanning can be dangerous and, in the long run, not worth a winter tan.”
In an effort to stop this behavior among teens, many states are banning tanning beds for those under 18 — but more must be done to educate teens about the connection between sun exposure and skin cancer. A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that as children become teenagers, the number who report “liking a tan” increases to 66 percent with only 25 percent “often or always” using sunscreen when outside for at least six hours in the summer.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, ninety percent of pediatric melanoma cases occur in girls aged 10-19, and changes in skin may appear as early as age 20 in anyone who has spent time exposing skin to UV radiation during childhood and teen years. For those who still want a glow, there are healthy options such as sunless tanners and bronzers which provide the desired look without the dangerous side effects.
Miranda and Neutrogena, the number-one dermatologist-recommended sun care brand, have partnered to equip teens with 10 simple tips to protect themselves from the sun’s dangerous UV rays so they don’t become part of the skin cancer epidemic.
Buy a wide-brimmed hat for each season to keep up with trends and protect your face from the sun
Get healthy with trips to the gym and eating right but don’t top off your look with a tan – there is no such thing as a healthy suntan.
Accessorize your sunscreen to match wherever you’re headed – creams, lotions, sprays – choose your fave.
Stay away from tanning beds – you can use sunless tanner or bronzer to get the same look without damaging your skin.
Look for stylish and sun-savvy protective clothing whenever you’re out shopping – even for winter.
Put on sunscreen anytime you go cruising with friends – you get 85 percent of your sun driving around in your car.
Replace your daily moisturizer or foundation with one that has an SPF – that way it’s quick and easy to make sunscreen part of your beauty routine.
Grab a friend or boyfriend/girlfriend to help with a simple skin cancer check – it can be hard to see those spots on your back.
Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays even on cloudy days – just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Pick up travel-sized sunscreens to throw in your purse, gym bag and suitcase so you’re always prepared on-the-go.
The FDA approved SIMSYS-MoleMate Skin Imaging System, a non-invasive skin cancer screening procedure, is a significant advance in the early detection of potentially life threatening moles and lesions.
Physicians have found the SIMSYS-MoleMate Siascope hand-held device easy to learn and use, and that it rapidly provides accurate images of the pigment, blood, and collagen below the mole or lesion.
Now, for the first time, physicians can more accurately evaluate suspicious moles and lesions in a non-invasive, pain-free way. Experts also believe it may reduce the need for time consuming and expensive biopsies.