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Daily skin care tips on Sun Damage
Daily Skin Care Tips
 

Care Tips: Sun Damage

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.
Daily sun exposure
The amount of incidental ultraviolet radiation that we receive when we take the dog out, drive to work on a sunny day, or walk to a nearby café, accounts for 80% of all sun exposure. The cumulative effects of prolonged or unnecessary UV exposure can lead to premature aging of your skin and increase your risk for skin cancer.
It’s never too early to start sun protection
Your children should make sunscreen a part of their morning routine. Studies have shown that the regular use of a sunscreen product with an SPF of 15 or higher during childhood and adolescence can decrease the risk of certain types of skin cancer by 78%.
The dangers of early sunbed use
The preoccupation of teens to acquire an image or look often leads to a tendency to ignore the warnings of intensified UV radiation damage to the skin from sunbeds.
UV protection for your eyes
Don't forget your sunglasses, even during the winter season. Eyes, like skin, are very susceptible to ultraviolet radiation, and the intensity of UV rays is present all year long. Sunglasses can play an essential part in maintaining proper eye care.
The proven benefits of daily sunscreen use
A recent study looked at what happened when women applied sunscreen for 3 out of 4 days instead of daily. Those who didn't apply sunscreen everyday had skin changes that were visible under a microscope - changes that over time translated into fine lines, brown spots and uneven skin tone.
Winter lip care is a must!
Ladies, did you know that wearing lipstick not only cosmetically enhances your lips, but it also gives you protection against lip cancer? Most men don’t use any form of lip care, consequently, the incidence rate of lip cancer is higher for males than females.
UV protection during the winter
UV radiation is generally more intense during summer than in the winter. However, depending on the altitude of the location where you live and play, UV levels during the winter can still cause photodamage to your skin.
All-in-one moisturizing products
If you’re desperate to get some colour in the winter, you don’t have to fly south or expose yourself to the dangers of indoor tanning booths. Instead, opt for safer alternatives such as sunless tanning products.
What’s the connection between liver spots and aging?
Solar lentigines is the medical name for liver, sun or age spots. These darker areas of skin are flat brown-black spots that commonly form on sun-exposed areas of the body. They are not related to the liver or the functioning of the liver.
Getting your vitamin D from the sun
Did you know that vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption? Although sunscreens are perhaps the most essential part of skin care, you do need exposure to the sun to enable vitamin D synthesis.
Protect your skin from the sun
Applying a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning is the most important step that you can take to protect your skin. You may not see the results immediately, but your skin will thank you in years to come.
There's no basis to a base tan!
Although some people believe that spending some time at the tanning salon before a beach holiday can protect them from getting sunburned, in reality, all tans represent skin damage. A healthier alternative, especially if you want some subtle color over the winter months, is to try moisturizing products that provide sunless tans.
How much sunscreen is enough?
Studies have shown that the average person uses significantly less sunscreen than the amount needed to achieve the SPF listed on the label. Don't skimp when putting it on - both in terms of quantity and frequency!
Sunbeds are not a safer way to tan ...
Contrary to popular belief, sunbeds are not a safer way to tan. Sunbeds emit UVA radiation, which causes tanning and aging of the skin. If you are using a sunbed, you are accelerating the aging process of your skin and increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
Protect your eyes from the sun ...
Donot forget your sunglasses! Long-term sun exposure can lead to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Sunglasses can play an essential part in maintaining proper eye care.
Preventing age spots ...
Age spots are the result of accumulated sun exposure. The only way to prevent age spots is by practicing your sun smarts well before the age of 40 - the earlier the better.
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.
Pre-cancerous lesions and the sun ...
The most common cause of actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions that usually start to appear on fair-skinned people in their 50s) is sun exposure.
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.
Sun protection for your lips ...
Lips can get sunburned too! Do not forget that your lips also need to be protected from the sun. In recent years, ingredients such as moisturizers, vitamin E, aloe vera, collagen, amino acids, and sunscreen have been added to lipsticks.
Wash your hands after applying sunscreen ...
Sunscreen can irritate your eyes! To reduce the chance of inadvertently transferring sunscreen to your eyes, always remember to wash your hands well after applying sunscreen. Concentrate the cleansing on the palms, and try not to wash off sunscreen on the back of your hands since these areas are prone to greater sun exposure.
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.
Get broad spectrum protection!
Ensure that you are protected against both UVB and UVA rays. Sunlight is composed of light that we can see, and invisible ultraviolet (UV) light. There are two types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVA light causes tanning and UVB causes sunburn, but both can damage the skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Theres no basis to a base tan!
Although some people believe that spending some time at the tanning salon before a beach holiday can protect them from getting sunburned, in reality, all tans represent skin damage. A healthier alternative is to try moisturizing products that provide sunless tans.
Skin cancer prevention ...
If you are fair-skinned and over 50, you have an increased chance of developing actinic keratoses - rough scaly patches that are commonly found on sun-exposed skin. See your doctor for a confirmed diagnosis and about treatment options, since these slow-growing lesions can develop into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
UV protection for your childs eyes
UV radiation is not only damaging to your skin, but to your eyes as well. In particular, the eyes of younger children are even more susceptible to sustaining impairment caused by the suns harmful rays.
Sun protective clothing
Clothes can provide UV coverage. Usually, lighter colours and lightweight fabrics give little protection and a T-shirt is considered to be moderately protective.
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 to do about liver spots?
Liver or age spots, also known as solar lentigines, are flat brown-black spots that commonly occur on sun-exposed areas of the body. They are not related to the liver or the functioning of the liver. These pigmentary changes are brought about by a combination of aging, sun exposure or other unknown causes.
Wash your hands after applying sunscreen ...
Sunscreen can irritate your eyes! To reduce the chance of inadvertently transferring sunscreen to your eyes, always remember to wash your hands well after applying sunscreen.