Getting Ready for that Sun Kissed Glow this Summer?
Summer is now approaching and the images of bronzed bodies basking in the sun are running through our minds. We all have the same thoughts, “I need a tan fast!” Realistically who doesn’t want that nice sun-kissed glow? Unfortunately, sometimes this can come with a price. As many of you know, skin cancer is one of the most dangerous forms of cancer. Cancer strikes about one million people a year and is the causes about 10,000 deaths per year. Here at SkinnyMs., we want to make sure you are “in the know” on the preventions you can take in fighting against skin cancer! Different factors can cause you to develop skin cancer; here are just a few elements that you can take daily precautions against and ways to prevent skin cancer!
We all want a nice tan, but aren’t sure what’s the best way to do it. Some people think tanning beds aren’t that bad, if they only visit them once in a while. The reality of tanning beds is they are one of the highest causes of skin cancer. People who use tanning beds have more than 2.5 times the chance to develop skin cancer. The UV radiation in tanning beds can lead to wrinkles, brown spots, and the worst possibility – skin cancer. So, not only are you putting yourself at risk for cancer, but you are also damaging your skin unnecessarily. Keep your skin looking young and keep it safe! Stay out of tanning beds.
Most people think going out in the sun is okay as long as they wear sunblock, but the truth is, staying in the sun for too long with or without sunblock may cause skin cancer. To aid in prevention, apply sunscreen even when running to the store, wearing a hat to protect your face is also a great prevention strategy. Look for sunscreen most suitable for your skin tone by reading the back of the label. Remember, not all sunblock works, so make sure that you try and cover yourself frequently. It is believed that we need the sun for Vitamin D, but we can always get Vitamin D from things such as tuna, orange juice, milk, and eggs. Most of the time sun causes 90% of skin cancer, so make sure to always protect yourself
Did you know skin cancer can affect your eyes as well? It’s true. Make sure to wear sunglasses every time you go out! This kind of cancer is called ocular skin cancer. It mainly affects those who are blue or greened eyed, who do not shield their eyes properly. Make sure to purchase sunglasses that contain the “Meets ANSI Requirements,” this will ensure the best protection for the eyes. Also, buying sunglasses with large rims will help block the UVB light. Wearing sunglasses isn’t just for the summertime either; you should wear them all year round.
Something as small as our lips can be affected by skin cancer. Items such as lip-gloss can attract the sun’s rays. Make sure to get lip balm-containing sunscreen and apply daily when out and about. Wearing lipstick or other types of makeup on your lips doesn’t mean your lips are safe from the sun. Specific types of lip balms will advise us of the SPF they contain and how helpful they are. Make sure to re-apply throughout the day as needed!
Sunburn, Sunburn, Sunburn!
During the hot summer months, we get caught up in activities and neglect sunscreen application; we end up getting burned. First of all, try to avoid sunburn by applying sunscreen almost every hour and a half to two hours, because it does tend to come off in the summer heat. Secondly, if you do forget to apply sunscreen and get burned, seek the following remedies. Make sure and drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated. Also, apply cold lotion to the areas sunburned. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. If you go outside burned, it causes even worse burning, which may lead to a severe case of skin cancer. If you do have to go out, make sure to wear clothes that cover the area burned and carry around a cold water bottle to keep your body hydrated at all times. Stay sheltered no matter what!
Now that you have a few tips on preventing skin cancer, we hope you will take the necessary precautions before going out into the hot, summer sun! Remember, you can still look good with a healthy, summer glow without all the worry of skin cancer. So to all you bronzed goddesses out there, lather up on the sunscreen, toss on some shades, a nice, floppy hat, and have some safe fun in the sun!
• Medical Author: Michael S Lehrer, MD
• Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stoppier, MD, Chief Medical Editor
• Everyday Health
• 10 Way to Prevent Skin Cancer
• Written by: Jessie Sholl