Did you know that sun exposure is the leading cause of wrinkles and premature aging? Exposure to UV radiation from sunlight can cause a variety of skin problems, including skin cancer. Prolonged exposure to UV rays damages the support structure of the skin. Below are some common mistakes to avoid.
Excessive Outdoor Tanning
A “healthy” tan is anything but. Excessive exposure to both UVA and UVB radiation from sunlight can lead to premature wrinkles, skin disorders including cancer, lowered immunity against infection, breakdown of collagen and cell death (this is what happens when a sunburn starts to peel).
Indoor Tanning Booths
These booths mostly emit UVA rays that are more penetrating than natural sunlight and can cause long-term skin damage. Research shows that you can double your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer with just one visit to an indoor tanning booth.
Believing that Dark-Skinned People Don’t Burn
Individuals of all skin colors are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancers. Even though people with darker skin are at less risk than those with lighter skin, they are still vulnerable to skin discoloration and skin cancer. In fact, skin cancers in darker skinned people may go undiagnosed for long periods of time because it less recognizable than for those with lighter skin.
Failure To Use Enough Sunscreen
Many individuals either don’t use sunscreen at all or they apply too little, too infrequently. Others use substitutes like baby oil which can actually promote sunburns. It’s important to choose the correct Sun Protection Factor (SPF). And don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re safe on a cloudy day. Even with cloud cover, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can reach your skin.
What Offers The Best Protection?
Limit exposure to the sun and use sunscreen daily. Harmful UVA rays are present every day of the year no matter what the climate or temperature. Below are some remarkably effective products recommended by Dr. Pollard and her staff as a solution to excessive sun exposure.
EltaMD UV Shield 45 Oil-Free Tube
Oil-free formula with broad-spectrum protection, perfect or oily or acne prone skin.
EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40
is a light, sheer moisturizing sunscreen with 9% transparent micronized zinc oxide. The UV Daily utilizes Hyaluronic acid to increase skin smoothness, softness and decrease wrinkles. It is a lighter formulation with double the zinc oxide used in our UV Facial SPF 30+.
Glytone Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Lightweight moisturizing sunscreen that helps prevent sunburn caused by UVA/UVB. PABA-free Fragrance-free Non-irritating Non-whitening formula Ideal for all skin types
Glytone Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40
Oil-free lotion 7.5% microfine transparent zinc oxide. This non-whitening formula protects skin from premature aging from the sun and is ideal for all skin types. Oil-free PABA-free Fragrance- free Non-whitening Non-comedogenic.
Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion Avene offers a non-greasy lotion that produces a natural-looking tan without the harmful side effects of the sun’s rays. This lotion is suitable for all skin tones and will gradually give your skin color. This innovative self-tanning lotion is a far cry from lotions of the past that leave your skin with an unappealing orange glow.
Ask Dr. Pollard and her staff to recommend the best sunscreen and self-tanners for you today!
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