Let’s Talk About Skin Cancer!

So what’s the best way for you to avoid getting skin cancer? The answer is quite simple actually, and that is to keep the skin protected from the damaging effects of the sun.

Protection Early On

Kids should be taught the importance of protecting the skin against the sun’s rays. Kids love running around and exploring the outdoors. Whether it’s summertime, spring, fall or winter, you should always make sure that your child wears sun protection. It is also best to keep in mind that a child’s skin is actually more sensitive and therefore prone to getting damaged by the sun’s harsh UV rays. Children with sun-damaged skin early on run a higher risk of developing skin cancer when they grow up. So if you’ve got little ones, teach them the daily sunscreen habit. It is also a wise move to lather on antioxidant-packed products like Argan oil.

It is the sun’s ultraviolet rays that give the skin a good battering. These damaging rays are also what tanning beds emit. There are two types of UV rays and these are the UVA rays and the UVB rays. So what’s the difference between the two? Before we point out the differences between the two, let us first make it clear that both UVA and UVB rays are damaging to the skin.

UVA Rays

UVA rays are ever present no matter what season we are in or whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Many people still think that they can skip on the sunscreen lotion or be out all day not minding the sun’s damaging effects on a cloudy day. But the truth of the matter is, UVA rays can penetrate through clouds, certain fabrics and even glass. So even if you’re inside your car on a cloudy day, the sun’s UVA rays can still damage your skin. So lather on sunscreen lotion before heading outdoors and before getting in your car.

If you’re seeing sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles on your skin, blame them on UVA rays. UVA rays are quite powerful and are able to go deep down the surface of your skin therefore creating havoc on the cells deep down. It is UVA rays that tanning beds use to give its patrons that bronze skin tone. Don’t think that UVA rays can’t give you skin cancer. Numerous studies have revealed that tanning beds actually can up your risk in developing skin cancer. It has been reported that people who have been using tanning beds before they get to the age of 30 are increasing their chances of getting skin cancer by 75%! So lay off the tanning bed!

UVB Rays

Ever suffered from sunburn? If you did, well you can curse UVB rays for such a painful burn. UVB rays are also the ones to blame for most types of skin cancers. Although UVB rays are not as consistent as UVA rays, it is during the summer season that they are most prevalent however they can be reflected off by water and snow. UVB rays are at its peak during the mid-day hours so if you must go out see to it that you protect your skin from these harmful rays!

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