It’s a sunshine day

9 May

The days are getting longer, dresses are getting shorter and my hair is getting frizzier. It must be summer!

Scary Sun Facts courtesy of The Skin Cancer Foundation[1]:

  • Suntans (and burns) cause DNA damage which can lead to skin cancer
  • ALL skin  tones are susceptible to skin cancer
  •  90% of fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots on skin are caused by sun damage and therefore could have been prevented 

So obviously you need to protect yourself from the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology[2] gives the following tips:

  • Apply sunscreen that is water-resistant, has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more and has both UVA and UVB protection every day!
  • The sun is strongest between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm so be extra cautious when outside during these hours.
  • Give your scalp, face and eyes extra protection by wearing a hat and sunglasses. You don’t have to spend a lot to look great. Check out these cute accessories from Calypso for Target ( http://www.target.com/gp/browse.html/%20ref=sc_iw_ss/?node=2571338011) and Urban Outfitters accessory shop (http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/index.jsp).

Never, never, NEVER go into a tanning bed. In 2009 Fox News reported that tanning beds were officially added to the “Highest-Risk Category” on the list of top cancer-causers – right up there with cigarettes, mustard gas, and arsenic. (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,535220,00.html)

Protecting yourself from the sun doesn’t mean you have to stay pale:

 

  • Go for a spray tan. Make sure you go somewhere reputable or you might end up looking like me after my last run in with the spray tanning booth. Sorry –  no picture –  but let’s just say my friends referred to me as Allison the Oompa Loompa.

 

Do you have some tips? Share them! Happy Summer!


[2] http://www.skincancer.org

 
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2 Responses to “It’s a sunshine day”

  1. Shippy May 11, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Way to quote my employer 😉

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