Do You Wear Sunscreen? Should You?

Do you wear  sunscreen?

Protecting your skin is no longer an option.

Some compelling statistics:

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US

Skin Cancers comprise more than 1/3 of all reported cancers

Melanoma is the second most common cancer of woman during their 20’s

One blistering sunburn will quadruple your risk for getting skin cancer

Clothing, clouds and tree shade only block about 20% of UV rays

Low level UV sources halogen lamps, and flourescent fixtures, may increase skin cancer

UV rays are most concentrated between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

References to these statistics and other compelling data re: Skin Health

The revolutionary product I recommend is designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin. It’s patented, waterproof, oil-free formula smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving a sticky residue. Soothing and moisturizing, it does not irritate the skin. It has a special ingredient system that contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals. The formula offers BOTH UVA and UVB protection and adds an extra defense against premature skin aging. This protection is not offered by all sunscreens.

Ask any dermatologist what the number one skin care essential is, and they’ll say a quality sunscreen with a high level of sun protection. Nothing is more important to the quality and health of your skin.

A bit of information about SPF.  The SPF provides a multiple for how much longer you can safely stay in the sun when wearing the product.  If you have very fair skin and you would typically burn in 5 minutes, an SPF 30 would provide you with 150 minutes in the sun before burning.  If you reapply at the end of the 150 minutes, you don’t get another 150 minutes because your skin has already received as much sun as it can safely handle, and you should go indoors.  (High SPF is really critical for this type of person, in particular, because if the same person had only used SPF 15, he/she would only have 75 safe minutes in the sun.)

At the other end of the spectrum, if you have darker skin and it would typically take 12 minutes for your unprotected skin to burn, an SPF 30 would provide 360 safe minutes in the sun (6 hours).  For this person, reapplication IS important, because over the course of the 6 hours, some product will probably rub off/wear off due to sweating or swimming.

Be sure to add a sunscreento your every day skin care regime.

sunny sunflower flickr image credit

K a r e n     H a n r a h a n
Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant
Weight Loss

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5 Responses to Do You Wear Sunscreen? Should You?

  1. Even thought I’ve lived in warm weather states for much of the past 10 years…I really just try to stay out of the sun. I religiously apply sunscreen if I know I’ll be outdoors. I put an SPF lotion on my face daily. If you take care of your skin, it will serve you well!!

  2. Karen Hanrahan says:

    I have the very same philosophy!

  3. Condo Blues says:

    I wear sunscreen religiously in the summer. I have a great incentive – I’m fair skinned and burn easily. I recently tried a zinc based sunblock. It’s supposed to be better than the chemical laden stuff and it kept me from burning. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the product! 😦

  4. Karen Hanrahan says:

    I have also heard good things about zinc products…very healing as well as blocking

  5. skin care says:

    I wear sunscreen cosmetic everyday in summer, and I don’t hear many skin cancer in China acturally.

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