Spending time outside in the spring and summer months is something so many of us look forward to. Family picnics, barbecues, and beach days abound during these warm, sunny months. For those who have had the winter blues and have been looking forward to spring, spending time outside is inevitable. Vine Vera wants to give you some advice and a few words of warning pertaining to the sun, the damage it can inflict on your skin and body, and educate you on what not to do to better protect yourself and your family during the coming months.
How the Sun Damages Your Skin
When you step out into the sun after a long period of having gone without sun exposure, your skin is especially vulnerable to attacks from the sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays. Ultraviolet rays are responsible for causing the following:
- Pre-mature wrinkles
- Sun spots
- Fine lines
- Damage skin cells
- Cause cancer
- Causes DNA damage
- Causes freckles, or more scientifically known as ephelis, which are generally caused by skin damage from the sun, unless genetic
Sun damage can cause many reactions within the skin. Research has shown that damaging UV rays are actually capable of destroying DNA and skin cells within our bodies for hours after exposure. During this time, further damage occurs that becomes visible in the form of a sunburn, or even freckles. This is where the dangers of cancer come into play. Over exposure to the sun leads to the absorption of further UV rays than one can physically prevent –even with applying a good quality sunscreen.
That is why it is so important to limit your time spent in the direct rays of the sun, and utilize all protective measures available to you such as:
- Sun glasses
- Covering up exposed skin with clothing
- Applying a good Vitamin E infused lotion after exposure, which has been clinically shown to help protect the skin from the damage being caused within. The Vitamin E has been shown to combat the chemical process which takes place after sun exposure within the dermis and epidermis, leaving behind less damage and less risk.
Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has been popping up in dermatology offices across the country at an alarming rate. More and more young people are being affected, and are unfortunately not taking very good care of themselves in terms of protective, preventative measures.
The American Cancer Society predicts that over 73,870 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed across the United States in the year 2015. That is an absolutely shattering statistic. Out of those, over 9,000 cases will die because of this preventable, deadly disease. You don’t want to be a statistic, and you can protect yourself.
Who knew some time in the sun could potentially be so deadly?
Vine Vera wants you to always remember to take care of your skin, your health, and your family’s skin and health. We want to see you thrive and live, happy and cancer free. Prevent the effects of pre-mature aging by reducing the amount of time spent in the sun, and opting for a spray tan rather than using indoor tanning beds and tanning outdoors in the sun. Stay safe, and have fun!