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Acne medications can cause sun sensitivity ...
Some of the most common medications used to treat acne, including tetracycline and the retinoids, can make the skin extremely sensitive to sunlight.
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If you’re desperate to get some colour in the winter, you don’t have to fly south or expose yourself to the dangers of indoor tanning booths. Instead, opt for safer alternatives such as sunless tanning products.
Basic care for mature skin
Aging brings about skin changes even before wrinkles become visible. Over time, your face begins to reveal a dull or rough texture, visible pores, blotchiness, age spots and uneven tone.
Choosing the Right Sunscreen
There is more to sunscreens that meets the eye. Here are a few points you should keep in mind when selecting one: 1. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is not the only way to judge sunscreen. SPF gives an indication of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from ultraviolet-B light (which causes sunburn and skin cancer. ) but tells you nothing about a sunscreen's ability to protect you from ultraviolet-A light (which causes wrinkles, and also contributes to skin cancer). If you want protection against UV-A, be sure that your sunscreen includes avobenzone (Parsol-1789), Mexoryl®, titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide
Considering a sun-drenched vacation?
Some places on the earth experience stronger ultraviolet radiation. If you are traveling near the equator or at high altitudes, your risk of sunburn increases significantly. It is always best to try to avoid excessive sun exposure between the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - this is when UV rays are the strongest.
Daily sun exposure
The amount of incidental ultraviolet radiation that we receive when we take the dog out, drive to work on a sunny day, or walk to a nearby café, accounts for 80% of all sun exposure. The cumulative effects of prolonged or unnecessary UV exposure can lead to premature aging of your skin and increase your risk for skin cancer.
Did you know that most skin cancers are curable?
When detected early, most skin cancers are curable. In fact, non-melanoma skin cancers (like basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) can be successfully treated in over 99% of cases if they are promptly diagnosed. Both natural (sun exposure) and artificial (sunbeds) sources of UV radiation can cause skin cancer.
Do regular skin checks!
According to Health Canada, skin cancer has been increasing in this country at a fairly constant rate over the past 30 years. In 2005, there were roughly 78,000 new cases of basal and squamous cell carcinomas reported, and about 4,400 new cases of malignant melanomas.
Do you have uneven skin tone?
Discolorations of the skin are very common and are mostly caused by dryness or irritation, and the cumulative effects of the sun and wind over time.
Don't take chances with the sun
Make sunscreen a part of your daily routine. The minerals contained in physical sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, work by forming a surface layer on the skin that will absorb, reflect and scatter the sun's harmful UV rays before they can penetrate into the skin itself.
Facial expressions create wrinkles
Wrinkling of the skin can be caused by a combination of factors, such as habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, and poor hydration.
Facts about UV Damage
Ultraviolet light (lightwaves 200-400nm) from the sun can cause sunburn if your skin is exposed for too long.
Free radical defense
Give your skin the benefits of antioxidants. We've all read about the importance of consuming foods that are high in antioxidants to promote health.
Get broad spectrum protection!
Ensure that you are protected against both UVB and UVA rays. Sunlight is composed of light that we can see, and invisible ultraviolet (UV) light. There are two types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVA light causes tanning and UVB causes sunburn, but both can damage the skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Getting your vitamin D from the sun
Did you know that vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption? Although sunscreens are perhaps the most essential part of skin care, you do need exposure to the sun to enable vitamin D synthesis.
Glucosamine shows promise for sun-damaged skin ...
If you are already seeing signs of premature skin aging from years of fun in the sun, there may be help.
Hair can get sunburned too!
Did you know that your hair can get damaged by the sun too? UV rays affect the outer layer of the hair (the cuticle), and overexposure can result in damage to the hair shaft. The sun produces a bleaching effect on the hair cuticle, and eventually, the keratin protein (fibrous structural protein of hair and nails) breaks down.
Hoping to avoid crow's feet? ...
You can minimize the development of wrinkles around your eyes by applying sunscreen (but remember, not too close to your eyes), and wearing protective eyewear (such as wrap-around sunglasses) or a hat.
How much sunscreen is enough?
Studies have shown that the average person uses significantly less sunscreen than the amount needed to achieve the SPF listed on the label. Don't skimp when putting it on - both in terms of quantity and frequency!
How skin thickness affects wrinkling ...
We are all thin-skinned…in certain areas! The thickness of our skin varies considerably, depending on its location and the role it plays: it is thinnest on our eyelids and thickest on the palms of our hands and soles of our feet.
It’s never too early to start sun protection
Your children should make sunscreen a part of their morning routine. Studies have shown that the regular use of a sunscreen product with an SPF of 15 or higher during childhood and adolescence can decrease the risk of certain types of skin cancer by 78%.
Lip Rejuvenation Tips
Lips reach their fullness in our late teenage years or early twenties. From that time, as the lips age, they lose volume and become thin and flat. The appearance of lips is also affected by multitude of other structures including skin, fat, muscle, teeth and bones. Aging changes affect all these components and contribute to the less attractive lip appearance.
Makeup does not protect you from the sun
Makeup alone wonot provide adequate protection from the sun. You may think that your cosmetics are effectively blocking the suns rays, but they are not.
Melasma Prevention and Treatment
Melasma represents increased pigmentation of the facial regions that particularly affects women. It is one of the most common reasons that women seek the advice of dermatologists. Although it is one of the most frustrating conditions to treat as the “veil” of increased pigmentation descends over the face, there is a lot of good news in the fight against this rampant affliction, raising hopes that truly effective remedies are just around the corner.
Pre-cancerous lesions and the sun ...
The most common cause of actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions that usually start to appear on fair-skinned people in their 50s) is sun exposure.
Preventing age spots ...
Age spots are the result of accumulated sun exposure. The only way to prevent age spots is by practicing your sun smarts well before the age of 40 - the earlier the better.
Protect your eyes from the sun ...
Donot forget your sunglasses! Long-term sun exposure can lead to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Sunglasses can play an essential part in maintaining proper eye care.
Protect your lips from the sun ...
Lips can get sunburned too! Do not forget that the delicate skin on your lips also needs to be protected from the sun and dehydration. In recent years, ingredients such as moisturizers, vitamins A, D and E, aloe vera, collagen, amino acids, and sunscreen have been added to lipsticks.
Protect your skin from the sun
Applying a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning is the most important step that you can take to protect your skin. You may not see the results immediately, but your skin will thank you in years to come.
Recommended Articles on Photo Damage and Sun Protection
Sunshine, although essential for health and well being, is certainly a hazard for the skin. For many people it feels good to spend time outdoors and this makes it difficult to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Most of the sun exposure we accumulate throughout our lives, is thought to be the effect of multiple short periods of time outside. If the ozone depletion continues this may also increase our lifetime exposure
Retinoids and skin care for acne
Creams that include tretinoin as the active agent do double duty: they'll not only improve your acne, they'll also encourage collagen production and help smooth out very fine acne scars.
Skin cancer prevention ...
If you are fair-skinned and over 50, you have an increased chance of developing actinic keratoses - rough scaly patches that are commonly found on sun-exposed skin. See your doctor for a confirmed diagnosis and about treatment options, since these slow-growing lesions can develop into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
Skin changes that progress with age
It's not just your face that can show your age. Skin changes are also noticeable on your neck, shoulders and hands.
Steps to wrinkle reduction
There are a number of options to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. First of all, protect yourself from further unnecessary or pro-longed sun exposure and apply sunscreen daily.
Sun damage is a primary cause of wrinkles
Premature aging of the skin is most often the product of years of unprotected sun exposure combined with your genetic makeup.
Sun damage prevention ...
Actinic keratoses (aka solar keratoses) are small, rough or scaly patches of skin that are mainly caused by sun exposure. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 of these precancerous lesions turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, which is generally not serious if treated early.
Sun protection for your lips ...
Lips can get sunburned too! Do not forget that your lips also need to be protected from the sun. In recent years, ingredients such as moisturizers, vitamin E, aloe vera, collagen, amino acids, and sunscreen have been added to lipsticks.
Sun protective clothing
Clothes can provide UV coverage. Usually, lighter colours and lightweight fabrics give little protection and a T-shirt is considered to be moderately protective.
Sunbeds are not a safer way to tan ...
Contrary to popular belief, sunbeds are not a safer way to tan. Sunbeds emit UVA radiation, which causes tanning and aging of the skin. If you are using a sunbed, you are accelerating the aging process of your skin and increasing your risk of developing skin cancer.
Sunscreen and Sunburn FAQ
While some experts believe that frequent application during sun exposure is beneficial, some experiments have shown that a single application of sunscreen will suffice for the day.