Monday, November 24, 2014
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Sun Tanned or Sun Damaged?

Are you "Sun Smart?"  Take this quiz to find out.

Tanning is healthy as long as you don’t get burned.

FALSE

In 1988 the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) held a consensus conference on photo aging and photo damage.  The conclusion from that conference was that“there is no safe way to tan.”

Everyone knows that skin cancer has been associated with sunburn, but in reality even moderate tanning may produce the same effect.  UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, or sunlamps may cause skin cancer and can have a damaging effect on the immune system, according to the AAD.  It can also cause premature aging of the skin, giving it a wrinkled, leathery appearance.  A tan is visible proof that your skin is being damaged!

 

Sunlamps and tanning beds are safer than natural sunlight.

FALSE

Today, as many as 22 million plus people have used tanning beds believing they are getting a “safe” tan.  The bulbs in many modern tanning beds emit UVA radiation (the so-called “tanning rays”).  Contrary to the claims of some tanning parlors, that does not make them safe.  In fact, they cause deeper skin damage; UVA rays have a suspected link to melanoma, and like UVB rays, they may also be linked to immune system damage and premature skin aging.

Tanning causes wrinkles.

TRUE 

Sun exposure destroys the collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what gives skin its structure and integrity.  As it breaks down, wrinkles occur and the skin sags.  This is called Photo Aging, and it is responsible for up to 95% of premature aging of the skin!  The sun is also responsible for age spots, freckling, blotchiness, and uneven skin tone.

Once I have applied sunscreen I am protected all day.

FALSE

Sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and immediately after swimming or sweating.  They should also be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.  Don’t forget your ears, nose, neck, hands, and toes.  Lip balm with SPF 15 or higher should also be applied.

My waterproof sunscreen protects me even when wet.

FALSE

There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen and water resistant sunscreens only provide protection for about an hour and a half.  The packaging label should tell you how long you are protected.

I have naturally dark skin and therefore I don’t need sunscreen.

FALSE

Damage to the skin from UV exposure will occur in everyone who is repeatedly exposed to the sun over a long time.  Damage may be less apparent and take longer to show up in people with darker skin.

The American Academy of Dermatology has more information about how to protect yourself from the sun.  Visit their Sun Smart page at http://www.aad.org/public/sun/smart.html

For more information about skin cancer, prevention, and sun screens, visit http://www.skincarephysicians.com/skincancernet/prevention.html

 

Children and the Sun

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the SunWise Program to educate children and their caregivers about ozone depletion, UV radiation, and how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.  To learn more about the SunWise Program, visit http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/

It is never too late to protect your FUTURE skin!

 

Visit Mirabella for After-Sun facial treatments throughout the summer months to help repair, rehydrate, and refresh your skin!

 

 

 

 

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