Healthy Sun Care Habits

Sun screen is only part of your protection from harmful UV rays

Sun screen is only part of your protection from harmful UV rays

Healthy sun care is about more than sun screen and it’s a habit we must prioritize, similar to good nutrition and exercise routines. It’s hard! But it’s really about keeping our bodies healthy.

Most of us – if we even remember – squeeze out and slap on a little spf lotion and forget about it for the rest of the day.  And hardly anyone remembers to reapply more when we are outside for extended periods of time.

Here is an excellent article from Advanced Rejuvenating Concepts (ARC), a line of advanced skin care products that I’m proud to carry on my shelves.  Are You Practicing Good Sun Care Habits?

There’s more than just sun screen, though, that you can do to protect your skin – your clothing is your first line of defense.  Clothing protects us by absorbing or blocking much of the UV radiation.

My go-to website for learning more about healthy sun care habits is The Skin Cancer Foundation.   Read more about protective measures against too much sun exposure here.     Click around their site – it has many great articles.

Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Awareness Week

This week is Sun Safety Awareness Week, but really – every day is a chance to protect your skin against skin cancer.  Overexposure to the sun can result in skin cancer later in life. What are your family’s risks from exposure to powerful UV rays? Consider these facts and statistics from Sun Safety Alliance – It’s a really great website, so do have a look!

The Dangers of UV Exposure
* You can sunburn even on a cloudy day.
* On average, children get 3 times more exposure than adults.
* Concrete, sand, water, and snow reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s UV rays.
* Depletion of Earth’s ozone continues to increase your exposure to UV rays.

Skin Cancer 

* In some parts of the world, melanoma is increasing at rates faster than any other cancer.
* More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.
* Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills one person every hour.
* One blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.