Save on Sunblock
Guest post by Andrea Woroch
The most deadly form of skin cancer is almost always curable when identified and treated early. Yet, melanoma kills over 10,000 Americans annually, which is why May’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month is so important.
Protecting your skin should be straightforward, but the myriad of skin care products makes the task cumbersome and expensive. The U.S. skincare market is estimated to reach $10.7 billion by 2018, which explains why so many companies are crowding the profitable industry. To sunblock your budget while protecting yourself and your family from skin cancer, follow these six savings tips.
1. Get a Free Screening
The American Academy of Dermatology wants to help prevent the spread of skin cancer by offering free screenings at hospitals around the country. Use their search tool to find a free cancer screening or sign up for an eAlert to get notified when one becomes available in your area.
2. Buy Generic Sunscreen
There’s no need to buy brand-name sunblock when lower-cost generic brands are just as effective. What’s most important is finding a solution you like (so you’ll actually wear it) that features broad-spectrum coverage, or protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t bother purchasing any sunscreen over SPF 50 since there’s no evidence to prove that products boasting higher protection are more effective.
3. Find Coupons
Like other personal care items, you can often find discounts or manufacturer’s coupons to cut the cost of sunscreen. Target shoppers should download the Cartwheel app for savings like 5% off Neutrogena and Aveeno sun protection. Brand lovers can search for skin care coupons on sites like CouponSherpa.com, where you can print manufacturer’s coupons like $1 off any Coppertone sunscreen product.
4. Use as Directed
While it’s important to get effective coverage from your lotion or sunscreen, you needn’t use the entire bottle in one sitting. A nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen should be applied to your face while at least two tablespoons of product should cover the remaining exposed areas of your body. Reapply every two hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off.
5. Daily Deal It
Groupon and LivingSocial know you have summer on the mind, which is why you’re seeing a proliferation of daily deals for facials, peels and microdermabrasion. These services not only help refresh skin and treat damaged areas, but skin care professionals can advise on the best products and treatments for your skin type. While you should research user reviews of providers before you buy, you can save up to 65% on a service with these deals.
6. Get Every Last Drop
Some estimates suggest 25-percent of lotion, shampoo, conditioner and other product is left unused and ultimately wasted. Make sure to use every last drop of sunblock and other skin care items to get the most bang for your buck. Invert bottles so remaining product falls to the top of the container or even consider cutting the bottle for easier access to remaining product.
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