We’re talking about skin safety now more than ever, with sunscreen becoming a hero product in skincare routines and self-tanning potions replacing tanning beds and hours spent baking under the sun. This is partially due to the beauty and skincare boom that’s taken place in the era of YouTube and TikTok skincare influencers. Thanks (at least in part) to them, many of us are now more aware that sun exposure causes the skin to age more quickly, and that sunscreen helps skin maintain that youthful appearance many people desire while also protecting against skin cancer.
In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, an estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by sun exposure. The organization states that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and worldwide, with 1 in every 5 Americans developing skin cancer by age 70. The good news? Regular, daily use of SPF 15 or higher decreases the risk of developing certain types of skin cancer, according to the Skin Care Foundation, reducing the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by approximately 40 percent and melanoma by about 50 percent. And the organization isn’t alone in communicating the importance of taking protective measures when it comes to the body’s largest organ.
From Khloé Kardashian to Hugh Jackman, many celebrities who have been diagnosed with skin cancer have taken to their social media platforms to share their experiences and encourage others to prioritize skin health. Jackman, who is a six-time skin cancer survivor, wrote on his Instagram Story after his most recent spot removal procedure in April 2023: “Please remember to wear sunscreen with a high level of SPF, no matter the season.”
For more celebrity testimonies on being diagnosed with, treated for, and preventing skin cancer, keep reading.