On the hot days of summer, using sunscreen is the best choice you ca make. However, cancer specialists are issuing a warning, explaining that a lot of people – probably the majority – do not use the right sunscreen for their skin type and even when they do, they are not applying it right.
Being ignorant about your skin in the summer might translate into various types of skin cancer, or even melanoma, one of the most serious types there is.
Dr. Beatrice Wang from the McGill University Health Center claims that a lot of health hazards are the result of people making mistakes when choosing a type of sunscreen.
Understanding how sunscreen works should help you make the right choice for you. The dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays that come from the sun are stopped from reaching our skin in two ways. Some sunscreens protect the skin by acting as a reflector, scattering the light away from the body.
Others act as an absorbent of UV rays, shielding your skin from the potential damage. If you wanted to buy a good sunscreen a few years ago, all you had to do was make sure that it had a high sun protection factor (SPF).
According to experts, the SPF rates the power of the sunscreen in protecting against UVB rays, and preventing one type of cancer-causing UV ray from reaching the skin.
About 20 years ago, statistics reported only one in 70 people to receive a cancer diagnosis – a number that has increased in our days to 1 in 50. Recent studies showed that ultraviolet A rays (UVA) are extremely dangerous as they increase the risk of skin cancer.
Even though UVA rays won’t give you sunburns, they go deeper into the skin layer and cause it to wrinkle. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, roughly 90 percent of the changes that show the skin is aging are caused by being constantly exposed to UVA rays.
Nowadays, we have the option of choosing more natural brands of sunscreens, which has its advantages and disadvantages; on one hand, they contain fewer chemicals, but on the other hand, their effectiveness is reduced.
What you can do is find your skin type and use a brand which balances natural with chemicals. This way, you can benefit from the advantages while cancelling out the after-effects.
One of the most harmful habits causing permanent skin damage is lowering the usage of sunscreen solely for the desire of appearing tanned during the summer. Persisting in this kind of lifestyle is among the leading causes for melanoma.
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