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Sun Care Tips and Facts---Protect Your Skin

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Everyone enjoys time in the sun during the summer months. Some of us live for the vacation beaches, tennis, and sun tanning. Besides, we also enjoy the benefit of vitamin D from the sun, right? While this is true, a few minutes in the sun every week will provide you more than the required amount of vitamin D. Moreover, there is no such thing as a safe tan. Protect yourself and your family from harmful UVA and UVB rays when out exposed to the sun. For more skin care tips, visit

Children and the Sun

Various studies have shown that anywhere between 50% and 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18. Educate your children about the importance of sun protection. Use sunscreen and ensure that they wear hats and other protective clothing when outdoors. Teach good sun protection habits—it will help them later on in life. Make sure that they use broad spectrum sun screen which protect the skin from both UVA and UVB light, with an SPF of at least 15, and that they are using appropriate amounts. Most people simply don’t use the recommended amounts of sunscreen so make sure that you lather the sunscreen on adequately.

Changes in your skin?

Check any sudden changes in your skin. Just as moles should be checked for changes, birthmarks should also be checked for any changes. If you notice any new developments, visit a doctor as soon as possible to eliminate any possibility of malignant cell formations.

What is Actinic keratosis?

Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancerous lesion that often emerges in the skin of fair skinned people during their fifties due to exposure to the sun. If you have high risk factors such as working outdoors, or spend significant time outdoors for other recreational pursuits such as golfing or skiing, make sure to use sunscreen regularly.

Is the sunscreen causing an allergic reaction?

It’s certainly possible but unlikely. A common confusion arises when sunscreen comes into contact with the eyes through rubbing one’s eyes or by dripping from the forehead with sweat. Sunscreens can be irritants to the eyes, so always remember to wash your hands after applying sunscreen. If you plan to participate in sweat inducing activity, you may wish to apply sunscreen for the lips on the forehead to prevent dripping into the eyes.

Is UV the same everywhere?

While certain rays are constant, UVB levels vary between different areas and during different times. The sun is stronger at the areas near the equator or at high altitude areas, and you will need to be properly prepared with sun protective clothing and sunscreen as your chances of sunburn increase.

By the age of 65, it is estimated that half of all North Americans will have experienced some form of skin cancer. While this statistic seems grim, skin cancer is a form of cancer that one can effectively protect oneself against with foresight, protection, and early detection which comes from regular self-examination.


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