Summer is in full swing and that means you’ll be spending alot more time in the sun. Having a great base tan is a noble pursuit; however, you want to make sure you are protecting your sensitive skin and hair. According to skincancer.org
- More than 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer were treated in over 3.3 million people in the U.S. in 2012, the most recent year new statistics were available.1
- More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.2
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.3
Those are scary statistics, but stats are also the last thing on your mind when you’re planning to get to the beach or a pool party so make sure to develop healthy habits. Referring back to our last blog Prevent Skin Cancer here are a few of the best practices:
Don’t burn! There’s a difference between a healthy tan and burn. People will often bake a little to long in the sun in hopes of getting a darker and richer tan; however, the best looking tans comes from many short sessions of sun exposure with the proper skin protection
Examine your skin every months for any blemishes or marks that may look suspicious.
Make sure wear a hat or protective covering if you are spending long periods in the sun.
The sun is strongest between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm! Remember to stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade if you are active outside during those hours.
And remember to always wear sunscreen ?
Your hair is susceptible to permanent damage as well when exposed to to much sunlight. If your hair has been exposed to the sun, UVB and UVA rays can damage the outside cover of your hair strands – the cuticle. Sun damage comes in the form of discoloration, dry and brittle hair, broken or split ends, frizziness and thinning. Sun Damaged hair has a dry and look and feel as well. To prevent hair damage try these best practices:
- Try updating your look with a hat. A nice assortment of big hats is the best (and easiest) investment for your skin. …
- If hats are too much, go with zinc oxide. …
- Treat your hair like your skin when it comes to sunscreen. …
- Use a natural oil for sun protection.
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