Sun Sense

This week I want to talk a bit about protecting the one major organ that protects all the other organs in your body… your skin! Needless to say your skin’s got ya’ covered! But do you have it covered as well? If not then you may be putting your health at risk each and every day.

There has been a great deal of talk over the years about the increased risk of skin cancer and the affect that over-exposure to the sun has on the appearance and texture of the skin. Yet, for some reason there are people who still sunbathe or are “just out in it” without protection. Why risk it?

Your skin is the one organ that is constantly exposed to the elements—rain, wind, cold and of course, the sun’s rays. It is up to you to look out for your skin’s best interests by protecting it from things that might harm it and ultimately… your health.

A few things to remember:

Skin is skin regardless of complexion. The consequences of over-exposure are the same, the increased risk of certain types of skin cancers, sunburn, wrinkles, freckles etc… whether you are lying out by the pool or going about your daily activities.

The key to using any kind of sunscreen product is to use it properly and apply it to all areas exposed to the sun, and to reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

There is no such thing as a “safe tan.” The only guarantee of 100% protection is to stay indoors in a darkened room.

If you prefer a tanning salon, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Tanning salons use UVA rays, which penetrate deeper than UVB rays. According to dermatologists, prolonged and long-term exposure to UVA rays may result in an increased risk of developing skin cancer, sun spots, premature wrinkling as well as developing leathery skin. Other possibilities include the risk of photosensitizing, which occurs if you take any one of more than 200 prescribed or over-the-counter medications, which include diuretics, antibiotics and some pain killers.

Why risk a sun burn or worse when you can protect your skin? It’s so much easier to take advantage of some of the preventive and sensible options available to help you maintain youthful looking skin for as long as possible. Be good to the skin you’re in! Think about it.

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