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Sun Protection Tips for Healthy Skin

Get the Facts about Tanning, Sunscreen, and More

Besides the liberal use of sunscreen, you can also increase your level of sun protection by dressing appropriately. Here are some tips for dressing to protect:
  • Cover up. Wearing tightly woven fabrics and darkly colored clothes will block more UV rays than wearing thinner, lighter-colored fabrics. If you can see light through a material, UV rays can get through too.
  • Become a Mad Hatter. You can help prevent skin cancer on sensitive areas such as ears, scalp, face and neck by wearing a broad-brimmed hat. Baseball caps offer some protection to your face but leave other areas vulnerable.
  • Protect your eyes. Always wear a pair of UV-blocking sunglasses with wraparound frames when you’re outside. Eyelids and the skin around your eyes are common sites for skin cancer and sun-related aging. Sunglasses also help reduce the risk of cataracts.
Although sunshine helps the body to produce vitamin D and also helps to combat symptoms of depression, experts agree that there is no such thing as a safe tan. The risks of sunburn and skin damage are very real, but protective sunscreen and clothing will allow you to enjoy your time in the sun. All it takes is a little preparation before you head out the door—to ensure that your skin is protected for the day, and for the years to come.
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  • Edit: with a 0.33% yearly diagnosis rate, and an 80 year life-span, each individual has anywhere from a 20-27% chance of being diagnosed with skin cancer over their life-time, so the article/reference is correct on that number.
    hmm, now what's the rate for malignant vs. benign types, I wonder. - 5/2/2015 4:15:41 PM
  • I feel this article is a bit misleading numbers wise. Though I find most cancer related topics like taking numbers out of context anyway. So, numbers-wise I feel there needs to be some perspective added:
    "Over a million" diagnosis each year is scary, but that "over a million" is actually impacting less than 0.33% of the US population, to impact 1% of the US population would need "over 3 million" diagnosis. Of the yearly cancer related deaths, skin cancer accounts for less than 2% of cancer related deaths in the USA.

    So based on the numbers, I'd rather enjoy my anti-oxidant meals, keep my skin well hydrated, and not apply random chemical cocktails to my skin (including most moisturizing creams, sun-screens, and makeup). I would suspect that applying chemicals to the skin could do just as much cellular damage over time as being unprotected in the sun.

    That's just my two cents (or five cents since Canada doesn't have pennies any more)... lol - 5/2/2015 4:05:20 PM
  • I quit trying to get a tan at least 20 years ago. Only makes my skin look old.

    and I still was diagnosed with melanoma a few years ago. Scary stuff & the nuclear medicine part was VERY painful. Now I'm down to just annual visits & still all clear. YAY!

    If you've never been to a dermatologist for a full body scan, please go. Melanoma has an extremely high survival rate when caught early, but spreads very quickly it it's not. - 5/2/2015 7:35:17 AM
  • Is it me


    is the girl in the picture

    giving us the finger

    LoL !

    GREAT article

    Am going to send it to my
    fair-skinned, red-headed son
    so he will use the shot-glass/1 oz
    amouint necessary
    No wonder he ALWAYS gets burned
    although he says he uses lotion


    - 10/2/2013 12:16:07 AM
  • i have light brown colored skin and it's also sensitive. I'm allergic to sunscreen. I got a sunburn last summer and possibly 2 times in the summer and a couple times in the winter from sun reflection off the snow. I was hoping for a more natural defense against the sun.
    - 2/21/2013 5:05:12 PM
  • I used to consider tanning a "hobby". I still look wistfully at the tanning salons when I go by. I am now almost 49 years old though, and see the results in the mirror every day. - 10/17/2012 11:13:18 AM
  • To HEALTHYJEN11 and anyone else allergic to sunscreens -

    Google sunscreen clothing and you'll come up with reputable clothing companies. The one I use is fabulous! Hats, gloves, even sleeves only to use when driving, skirts, swimwear - the list is endless. - 10/17/2012 9:34:59 AM
  • warning tanners against the danger of UV rays is like warning smokers against the danger of their tobacco and other poisons. we know the risks. however, I CAN stop tanning whenever I want, it isn't an addiction. and it's a LOT cheaper to visit the cancer beds than to buy the cancer sticks. and while smokers complain of having to freeze in the winters for their vice, I'm toasty warm and relaxed all year round. - 10/17/2012 12:24:25 AM
  • Because of my ancestry I have never felt compelled to be a huge fan of sunscreen. I like to get some sun but generally wear long sleeves even in summer and tend to wear jeans all year long unless I am exercising. - 10/10/2012 8:29:03 PM
  • Well ....Dr' Oz has come around( because of new research)... and NOW recomends the tanning beds that use the UVB....saying no more that 5 minutes each time for health - 7/7/2012 7:26:55 PM
  • I burn instantly in the sun, but am allergic to sunscreen... what's a girl to do??? - 6/23/2012 8:56:14 PM
  • 'Scuse me while I have a chuckle up here at 60 degrees northern latitude. With only 5 hours of sunlight on December 26, and the sun inching along a little hop over the southern horizon, UV damage to my skin isn't one of my big worries today! - 12/26/2011 12:05:44 PM
  • Here is a report to help find non-toxic sunscreens.
    2011sunscreen/ - 6/28/2011 12:55:06 PM
  • Zinc based sunscreens are the only really effective ones. The sunscreens with ingredients ending in "-one" break down in the sun (!), plus they have those synthetic hormone effects. I use zinc spf 50 waterbabies by coppertone to keep the sun off. - 6/28/2011 12:53:48 PM
  • Regarding questions about sunscreen, when you go to the drugstore look for sunscreens that are made for the face (Neutrogena, Aveeno, etc). On a hot sweaty day, you can use these sunscreens and avoid the stinging eyes.

    You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a decent sunscreen as you'll find if you watch this 2011 video about the recent Consumer Reports sunscreen rankings: http://www.ivilla

    And if you are wanting to avoid the greasy feel of sunscreens, you can find those, too. I like Neutrogena. http://www.viewpo

    And Avon has a product that is both a bug repellant and a sunscreen.

    Don't forget that many lotions and make-up foundations and powders now include some sunscreen protection. And you don't have to spend lots of money. This site lists eight inexpensive make-up brands with sunscreen:

    The upside is that if you take care of your skin you'll be one of the wrinkle-free people later in life! - 6/28/2011 9:38:52 AM

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