Summer Skincare Tips: Avoiding Sun Damage

Posted by Ada Hersko on June 20, 2016 0 Comments

Summertime can mean fun in the sun, but you better be careful about how much time you spend in the sun.  Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburns, premature aging of the skin, and skin cancer, including melanoma. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the United States. UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer.

Tell-tale signs of sun damage are over-excessive freckling (sun spots) on the skin, wrinkling, and ongoing redness and possible rash. More than half of sun damage cases can lead to skin cancer. 

Light skinned and light eyed individuals are at most risk. (red-heads and blondes) as well people who are outdoors quite a bit. Tanning beds can also be dangerous to the skin and carry a higher risk of a melanoma threat. Using a daily sunscreen or moisturizer of SPF 30 and SPF 50 or more when at the pool or outdoors is recommended. You also need to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day.

Here are some other tips to help protect your skin this summer:

Summer sun. In combination with the heat, humidity, and air conditioning – will wreak havoc on your skin. Moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a richer lotion after sun, after bath, and before bed to keep skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.

Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you're on the go, try bringing a bottle and a container of fresh fruit on the go to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.

Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate either 1-2 times a week if you're dry and 2-3 times a week if you're oily to help shed dead skin buildup and slough off previous sun damage. Doing so helps rejuvenate skin, leaving it soft and brighter.

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Sun Protection

Posted by Ada Hersko on July 02, 2013 0 Comments

Simple precautions in the sun

The rise in the incidence of skin cancers over the past decades is strongly related to increasingly popular outdoor activities and recreational exposure. Overexposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Experts believe that four out of five cases of skin cancer could be prevented, as UV damage is mostly avoidable.

Adopting the following simple precautions, adapted from the Sun Wise School Program can make all the difference. Shade, clothing and hats provide the best protection – applying sunscreen becomes necessary on those parts of the body that remain exposed like the face and hands. Sunscreen should never be used to prolong the duration of sun exposure.

  • Limit time in the midday sun 

    The sun’s UV rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. To the extent possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.

  • Watch for the UV index

    This important resource helps you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun’s rays. While you should always take precautions against overexposure, take special care to adopt sun safety practices when the UV Index predicts exposure levels of moderate or above.

  • Use shade wisely

    Seek shade when UV rays are the most intense, but keep in mind that shade structures such as trees, umbrellas or canopies do not offer complete sun protection. Remember the shadow rule: "Watch your shadow – Short shadow, seek shade!"

  • Wear protective clothing 

    A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for your eyes, ears, face, and the back or your neck. Sunglasses that provide 99 to 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection will greatly reduce eye damage from sun exposure. Tightly woven, loose fitting clothes will provide additional protection from the sun.

  • Use sunscreen

    Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15+ liberally and re-apply every two hours, or after working, swimming, playing or exercising outdoors.

  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning parlours

    Sunbeds damage the skin and unprotected eyes and are best avoided entirely.

Protecting children

Sun protection programmes are urgently needed to raise awareness of the health hazards of UV radiation, and to achieve changes in lifestyle that will arrest the trend towards more and more skin cancers. Beyond the health benefits, effective education programmes can strengthen national economies by reducing the financial burden to health care systems caused by skin cancer and cataract treatments.

Children are in a dynamic state of growth, and are therefore more susceptible to environmental threats than adults. Many vital functions such as the immune system are not fully developed at birth, and unsafe environments may interfere with their normal development.

Schools are vitally important settings to promote sun protection and effective programmes can make a difference

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