It is very important to use protection of various kinds to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Be aware that the sun does not always have to be shining to get sunburn you can get one when it is over cast as well. Exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging regardless of your skin color.
What Causes Sun Damage:
- 1. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays– reach deeper into the skin and even pass through window glass of autos, homes and offices. These rays can lead to skin aging, wrinkling, age spots and skin cancers.
- 2. Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays– are the suns burning rays that cause sunburn, suntan and can cause skin cancers.
- 3. Artificial UV rays– can have the same effects of natural sunlight of aging and skin cancers.
- 4. Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays pass through a cloudy sky, sand reflects 25% of rays and snow reflects 80% of rays towards you so use sunscreen even on cloudy days or snow days.
- 5. It only takes 15-minutes for the sun to damage the skin.
How to Use Sunscreens:
- 1. Protect the skin by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the UV rays of the sun.
- 2. Come in ointments, creams, gels, lotions, sprays, wax sticks and even makeup.
- 3. Higher the SPF the more protection you have from sunburn.
- 4. Apply to dry skin 30-minutes before you go outdoors, to all areas exposed to the sun evenly.
- 5. Use ones that are broad-spectrum and water-resistant and a SPF of 30 or higher.
- 6. Use a lip balm that has a sunscreen to protect your lips from sunburn as well.
- 7. Apply under makeup or use a makeup that has sunscreen in the makeup.
- 8. Reapply every two hours, sunscreen can rub off and wash off.
The view of The Environmental Working Group is that several of the ingredients in some sunscreens may have risks to using them.
- 1. Oxygenation- absorbs UV light, cause hormone disruption and cell damage.
- 2. Retinyl Palminate– may increase the risk of cancer.
- 3. This group favors the use of foods or natural products for sunscreens.
- 4. Diet– adding carrots, broccoli, watermelon, and foods rich in omega-3 can be helpful towards protecting the skin.
- 1. Adorable Baby
- 2. Aubrey Organics
- 3. Badger
- 4. Burt’s Bees
- 5. Desert Essence
- 6. Maui Natural Organics
These are just a few products that they like check out their list by clicking on this link: http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/best-sunscreens/best-beach-sport-sunscreens/
Other Ways to Protect from UV Rays:
- 1. Wear Protective Clothing-loose fitting, long sleeves, long pants, t-shirts or cover-ups.
- 2. Hats-that have a wide-brim, shades the face, ears and back of neck.
- 3. Sunglasses-that block UV rays, wrap around the side to block sun from getting through on the sides. Sunglasses can reduce the risk of cataracts forming.
- 4. Shade-use an umbrella, trees, or other shade during the strongest hours of the day 10am and 4pm if possible.
- 5. Avoid tanning beds-they can cause skin cancer and wrinkling from the ultraviolet light they use.
A great idea is to check your birthday suit on your birthday for anything that has changed, growing, or bleeding. In addition, you will need some help with this for checking your back. Sometimes a “nothing” can be “something” this is what happened to me. Always be safe than sorry later down the line get spots checked out.
Skin Cancer Foundation: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained
Natural Society: http://naturalsociety.com/safe-sunscreen-low-health-risk/
American Academy of Dermatology: http://www.aad.org/search/?k=sunscreens