The Sun is (STILL) Not Your Friend

 

It’s worth it to note that great summer weather isn’t fun for someone when sunburns are involved.  You’ll remember in a previous newsletter from last summer, “The Sun Is Not Your Friend”, I warned about the dangers of excess sun exposure in all seasons, including the wintertime.

Of course, exposure to the sun increases in the summer to a great degree because of changes in the Earth’s proximity to the sun in the Western hemisphere.  These changes result in increased ultraviolet rays released into the atmosphere.

I write this warning not to scare you or to put a damper on your mood.  In fact, I guarantee that your summer, or whatever season it is, will be all the better if proper sunscreen is absorbed on the skin before going outside.  After all, ten minutes of applying the proper protection isn’t so much of an inconvenience compared to four days of intense burning, itching, and peeling of the skin.

Furthermore, protection from the sun by sunblocks (SPF 30 or better) is also most important to protect from skin cancers and photoaging (i.e. premature wrinkles, blood vessels, age spots). If you’re still not convinced, consider this.

Last week, the National Institute of Health published a shocking study stating that over the past 20 years, cases of melanoma (the deadliest known form of skin cancer) in women have increased by nearly 50%.  This surge is probably because of the growing popularity of tanning booth usage, the artificial tanning, and outdoor exposure.  Men, for the record, were shown not to have any increase, which may be because of the limited number of males who engage in artificial tanning.

I will wait until later to further delve into the other dangers of tanning booths.  But to reitterate, your best bet when stepping outside is to first apply sunblock with SPF 30 or better. Our brand of replenishing sunblock, for instance, provides guaranteed protection against burns and melanoma, and is good for your skin in other ways as well.

This entry was originally written as an e-newsletter exclusively for our subscribers on July 30, 2008.  The information has been edited to illiminate dated references, but the main points of the article, particularly the medical information, remain unchanged.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, or post any comments (within reason) you may have.

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