Being in the sun makes us feel better. The sun can improve our mood and provide us with essential vitamins to help keep us healthy. However its no exaggeration to say that the sun is potentially your worst skins enemy. In fact, skin cancer is largely caused by unprotected exposure to the suns damaging UV rays, and is the most prevalent form of cancer in the World.
Not a sun bather, you say? Well, unless you only go out at night, your skin is still bombarded on a daily basis, while driving to work, walking the dog and even sitting under indoor lighting. The bottom line if the sun is in the sky, sun protection should be on your skin!
Unfortunately, no one is safe from sun-induced skin cancer, but there are several factors that dramatically increase the risk. Anyone who has been sunburned even once before the age of 18 has a dramatically increased risk up to 50%!
Fair-skinned individuals are the most prone to sun damage, as are people taking medications that contraindicate sun exposure. Speak to a dermatologist immediately if you have a skin lesion that appears suddenly, with asymmetrical appearance, darker edges than the centre that changes colour, or becomes larger than 1/4 inch (6 mm).
If youre directly exposed to sunlight, ensuring proper coverage is vital. Recent studies show that its better to apply an SPF15 more frequently (every 30minutes) than it is to use a higher SPF less frequently. Its also important to keep in mind that a higher SPF doesnt necessarily mean better coverage.
Also, wearing a wide-brimmed hat when you anticipate long-term exposure is a great way to prevent damage not only to the face, but the neck and ears as well. Sunglasses, of course, shield the delicate eye area, helping to reduce damage.
Yes, you can have your tan and stay healthy, too! Sunless tanning creams can help the skin achieve a natural-looking, golden glow without dangerous sun exposure. And, if you were scared off by the streaky, orange products of the past, well, times have changed! Dermalogica has pioneered a new standard of sunless tanning with its new Protective Self Tan SPF15, with a bronzer that gives the skin an instant glow.
Or why not try a fake bake spray all over tan and look fabulous without even going out.
In the last editon there was an article about the awareness of the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer. Fantastic too few people are aware of the dangers. I had a malignant melanoma removed in the UK in 2003. PROBLEM - You have got everyones attention and I am sure that everyone has looked at all their moles, but now what? You have left us all half way!! Where do we go now for a check up, good advise and most of all which dermatologists use a dermoscope??? I look forward to knowing the best places to go on this coast line.
Rated: 5/5 (21st May 2008)
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