Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Skin Sins: Not Wearing Sunscreen Everyday

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Sunscreen is a staple in any beach bag, but often gets left there once the seasons change, which is a disservice to your skin. Because even though the likelihood of getting a sunburn decreases in cooler temps when skin is covered, areas of the body that are almost constantly exposed—think face, neck, and hands—are still at risk for sun damage. To understand the daily need for sunscreen, consider these facts*:

  • Sunlight is composed of two types of damaging rays: Ultraviolet A (UVA), and Ultraviolet B (UVB). Both are considered carcinogens by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.   
  • UVA rays are capable of passing through glass and inclement weather; accelerating visible signs of aging; and suppressing your body’s ability to combat the development of skin cancer.
  • UVB rays cannot pass through glass, but are the primary cause of sunburn. Many studies have found a link between sunburns and risk for melanoma.

To decrease the possibility of permanently damaging your skin—and your health—wear a sunscreen every day that has these qualities:

Then, make sure you....

  • Always apply sunscreen on dry skin 15-30 minutes before going outdoors
  • Use at least one ounce (approximately enough to fill a shot glass) of sunscreen per application
  • Reapply every two hours
  • Wear protective clothing whenever possible
  • Don’t forget to neglect your  lips by using an SPF-containing lip balm like glo minerals Mint Balm 

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