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How to protect your skin from the harsh UVA rays of the sun

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  1. Some experts argue that the sunscreen we use to protect us might be doing more harm than help. What’s the deal? Is this true? What are your thoughts?

In my opinion, sunscreen is essential to protect our skin from the detrimental effects of the sun all year long and not ONLY during the summer time. Of course, using the RIGHT sunscreen is the key! It should be hypoallergenic and contain Zinc Oxide, Octyl methoxycinnimate (OMC), Titanium dioxide, and Parsol (Avobenzone) with a minimum SPF of 50 (gives you 98% protection from the sun).

  1. Why do we need to be especially careful in the sun and outdoors in the summertime?

Applying sunscreen is particularly critical during the summer months when the continuous depletion of the ozone layer is accelerated. Sunscreen blocks the harmful effects of the sun penetrating the skin and can prevent deadly oncological disorders (cancer), especially melanoma. 

  1. How can people spot the signs of skin cancer? And when should we consult a doctor?

You should IMMEDIATELY consult a doctor if you find the following:

  • new spots or old spots with new growths and/or changing in size, shape, or color
  • suspicious bumps, patches, or sores with prolonged healing that are scaly, easily bleed or ooze
  • redness, spread of pigment or a new swelling beyond the border of a spot
  • unusual or new itchiness, tenderness, or pain of the hyper pigmented areas or moles
  1. How can people make the most of their time in the sun without getting burnt or worrying about skin damage?

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before the skin is exposed to the harsh UVA rays of the sun. Sunscreen, on average, lasts up to two to three hours and should be reapplied every two hours to allow the ingredients to bind and protect skin continuously.

  1. What should people do when they’re badly burnt?
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin.
  • Drink lots of water to hydrate your body in order to rapidly heal your skin from sunburn.
  • Apply a compress with cool milk and/or yogurt to comfort and soothe a sunburn.
  • Take Advil/Aleve/Ibuprofen to effectively relieve sunburn pain and inflammation.
  • Use Vitamin E oil on the skin, drink a lot of green tea, and take as a supplement to decrease inflammation caused by sunburn.