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Considering a sun-drenched vacation?
Some places on the earth experience stronger ultraviolet radiation. If you are traveling near the equator or at high altitudes, your risk of sunburn increases significantly. It is always best to try to avoid excessive sun exposure between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - this is when UV rays are the strongest.
Daily UV protection
Think you don't need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy or rainy day? Not true! Eighty percent of the sun's rays can penetrate through clouds, mist and fog. Wearing sunscreen will keep you protected, rain or shine, and it will help to ward off wrinkles.
Do you have combination skin?
If you have combination skin, your face is more likely to be oily on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry on the cheeks and neck. Use of a toner on your T-zone to remove residual oil and impurities may be helpful in managing combination skin.
Don't take chances with the sun
Make sunscreen a part of your daily routine. The minerals contained in physical sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, work by forming a surface layer on the skin that will absorb, reflect and scatter the sun's harmful UV rays before they can penetrate into the skin itself.
Protect your lips from the sun ...
Lips can get sunburned too! Do not forget that the delicate skin on your lips also needs to be protected from the sun and dehydration. In recent years, ingredients such as moisturizers, vitamins A, D and E, aloe vera, collagen, amino acids, and sunscreen have been added to lipsticks.
Skin Cancer Basics
Skin cancer is a condition where malignant cells develop on the outer layers of the skin. These typically develop in areas that are commonly exposed to the sunlight, such as the face, neck, hands, and the arms. Some people consider skin cancer to be a relatively minor health concern, and this is, for the most part, true. Most skin cancers are preventable, and easily cured when detected at an early stage, before it spreads to other organs inside the body.
Sun damage prevention ...
Actinic keratoses (aka solar keratoses) are small, rough or scaly patches of skin that are mainly caused by sun exposure. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 of these precancerous lesions turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, which is generally not serious if treated early.
The Effects of Ultraviolet Light
The skin has evolved to protect us from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Sunscreens were first developed to prevent sunburns by blocking UVB; they allowed us to prolong our time in the sun, but that resulted in increased exposure to UVA. Modern sunscreens attempt to block the whole spectrum of UV light, so are called broad spectrum. Not all so-called broad spectrum sunscreens protect skin from the whole range of UVA.
Use your sun smarts early!
A recently released survey identifies a trend in -binge tanning- by young adults just before they depart for summer vacation. It was estimated that 36% of people between the ages of 15 to 24 years received about 5 hours of sun exposure daily over the summer months.
What determines how your skin ages?
Although exercise is vital for maintaining your health and skin, it won't change the structure of your skin as you age.