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Safer Fun in the SUN!

 

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“SAFER FUN IN THE SUN”
July 26th, 2013

Here in the Northeast, it’s been a tough summer. We’ve had a lot of rain and blazing hot days keeping us indoors. Today it’s rainy chilly! So when a beautiful sunny day finally comes along, we all want to be on the beach, at the lake, or just taking in the sun.

BUT!

You need to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. The most important of these of effects to be aware of is skin cancer. 1 out of every 5 Americans will get skin cancer in a lifetime. 

Sun exposure also causes premature aging of your skin, including wrinkles:



 
Sunburn


Don’t believe it? Well, this past June, my professional association The American College of Physicians,  published in their highly respected journal a well-do(no pun intended!) study that concluded:

“Regular sunscreen use retards skin aging in healthy men and women.”

Still don’t believe me? 

Here’s a picture of two twins. One spent a lot of time in the sun, one didn’t. Can you see the difference? 

Wrinkles

 Here is a picture of a trucker who doesn’t use sunscreen. The left side of his face is exposed to sun on a regular basis all the time he’s driving. 

Trucker

 
Convinced Yet? Here are ways to keep your skin young!

#1)   Don’t Go To Tanning Salons:

+ Tanning booths mainly emit UVA, as much as 12x that of the sun! 

+ It’s a myth that UVA doesn’t cause skin cancer. People who use tanning salons are 2.5x more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, and 1.5x more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.

+ First exposure to tanning beds in youth increases melanoma risk by 75%

#2) Wear sun-protective clothing: 

+ Clothes are the best protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. C’mon, didn’t you see what Laurence of Arabia wore in the movie?

+ Not all clothing provides equal protection. The type of fiber, tightness of the weave, color and amount of skin covered all affect the level of protection they provide. The level of sun protection provided by a garment is indicated by its UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This indicates how much of the sun’s UV radiation is absorbed.

+ A fabric with a rating of 50 will allow only 1/50th of the sun’s UV rays to pass though. This means that the fabric will reduce your skin’s UV radiation exposure significantly because only 2% will get through. 

You can read more here:
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/clothing/get-in-on-the-trend
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/natural-sunscreens-460608?click=main_sr#slide-1
http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/

#3) Use Sunscreen! It’s only effective when you use enough!

+ Apply a full ounce (two tablespoons) to the body, including a nickle-sized amount to the face, 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours outside and immediately after swimming, towel-drying or heavy sweating. 

+ Sunscreen may be labeled “broad-spectrum” if they provide protection against both UVA and UVB radiation 

+ Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity use a water-resistant broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a SPF of 30 to 50. Be sure to reapply even if you use a high SPF – you can still be getting cancer-causing skin damage even if you are not burning. 

+ Water-resistant sunscreens protection lasts just 40 minutes – and they should be reapplied immediately after getting out of the water. 

#4) Use a Non-Toxic Sunscreen

In my blogs I am going to remind you often that up to 70% of cancers are preventable and an important part of that prevention is removing toxins from our lives. 

Ironically, though one of the most important reasons for using sunscreen is cancer prevention, some sunscreen ingredients are carcinogenic or hormone disrupters. This is especially important for children

AVOID:

+ Oxybenzone
+Vitamin A and other retinoids
+ Spray Sunscreens (get in lungs and mucous membranes)
+ Powders, especially powders with “nano” ingredients. These very tiny particles can get in the lungs and little is known about their saftey.
+ Sunscreens with insect repellant. They need to be applied on different schedules – use a separate one. 

Look For: 

+ Zinc Oxide
Titanium Dioxide
Avobenzone
Mexoryl SX

Natural sunscreens can be pricey, but here’s a site that willl tell you the most cost-effective brands:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/natural-sunscreens-460608?click=main_sr#slide-1

Please feel free to comment with any questions.

HAVE FUN IN THE SUN! 

Dr. Nolfo



 

 


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am
    actually pleassant to read all at single place.

    July 27, 2013
    • Thank you for the kind words! Please stay in touch!

      August 8, 2013
  2. Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely
    enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

    August 1, 2013
    • Hello there!

      So glad you are enjoying the blog. You can follow us on Twitter at @stonycreekwell.

      Please stay in touch!

      Dr. Nolfo

      August 8, 2013

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