Does your skin like the sun?Â Do you burn easily?
We’ve finally had some warm sunny daysÂ in Wisconsin and thatÂ means gettingÂ our very pale-skinned, ghostly whiteÂ bodies out to catch some rays.
Unfortunately, we usually catch some sunburn, too.Â There’s nothing sexier than looking like a lobster!
Burning your skin is a good way to make your skin age faster and subject yourself to dangerous skin cancers.Â It’s well known that whatÂ you putÂ INTO your body can affect your risks of getting many forms of cancer.
But not everyone knows that what you put ON your skin can also impact your cancer risks – especially skin cancer.Â With summer in full swing, we’ll take a look at premature aging fromÂ too much exposure to the sun.Â Taking care of your skin is critical to looking younger and helping prevent skin cancer.
Best Ways to Protect Your Skin from the Sun
What’s your first line of defense in protecting your skin from over exposure to the sun?
If you’re like most people you’ll grab the sun screen. An entire generation of people have been told that sunscreen is the best way to prevent skin cancer and we’ve been using it religiously on ourselves and our children for decades.
But according to the National Cancer Institue, more than aÂ million new cases of skin cancer areÂ diagnosed every year in the US alone. Wow – pretty staggering statistic!Â So with all the emphasis on using sun screen and staying out of the sun,Â you’dÂ think skin cancer would be on the decline!Â What’s wrong here?
Is theÂ sun screen giving us skin cancer?
Do you know what’s reallyÂ in the sunscreen you use?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came out with theirÂ 2011 Sunscreen Â Report and what it says may get under your skin!Â Here are a few alarmingÂ factsÂ from the report:
- The FDA said it didn’t have any real data that using sunscreen alone helped prevent skin cancer. (REALLY?! So what’s the point?)
- For some people,Â sunscreens may in fact, contribute to some deadly forms of skin cancer.
- Too little sun could cause problems – we need Vitamin D. Â (We’ll examineÂ how much sun is safe in another blogÂ laterÂ this June.)
- European sunscreen productsÂ are better than products here in the US.
- And here’s the one that may really burn you…..There are brands that carry the Skin Cancer Foundation seal which should make the productÂ good, right?Â Not so fast! Did you know, companies whoÂ want to have theÂ sealÂ of approvalÂ foundation logo on their product are requiredÂ to first make a $10,000 “donation” to join their “corporate council?”
Sounds more like a bribe! No wonder they made the EWG Hall of Shame!!Â This isn’t very reassuring as youÂ lather yourÂ skin with these not so healthy lotions and creams, is it?
Fortunately, there are anti-aging things you can do to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun and Natural Healthy Concepts has a healthy bounty of products to protect the outside of you as well as the inside!
The easiest and cheapest way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear a wide-brimmed hat and adequately cover your skin with clothing. Not exactly the coolest way toÂ enjoy theÂ outdoors – but it works!
Your next stepÂ in protecting yourself, Â is aÂ non-toxic, healthy,Â sunscreen.Â According to the EWG article, mineral-based products are best, and one common ingredient you should avoid in your sunscreen is oxybenzone. It’s a potential hormone disrupter, can cause allergic reactions,Â it really penetrates the skin, and shouldn’t be used on children.
If you haven’t foundÂ a good sunscreenÂ yet, you’ve come to the right place! You can choose theÂ EWG highly ratedÂ Miessence Outdoor Balm for yourself andÂ Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Sunblock for Kids.
And don’t forget to protect your skin every day from premature aging, not just while you’re at the beach. Your skin benefits from minerals, just like your body does, and wearing moisturizers and make-up that protects your skin from UV raysÂ like the Miessence Mineral Foundation serve not only as a healthy defense against skin cancer, they’llÂ keep you looking younger, too!
You’re busy taking care of everyone else – isn’t it time you took care of YOU?Â Don’t wait for your skin to sunburn to save it!
- Skin Cancer Diagnosis on the Rise (everydayhealth.com)
Have found you blog to be very interesting. J.Rucker M.D.