Archive | About Your Skin

Healthy Sun Care Habits

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.