UV Radiation Does Not Only Come From the Sun

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Most people realize how important it is to protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. However, only a few people understand how UV rays threaten their health in other ways that they would not have even thought of. UV radiation that is very harmful can also reach us by being reflected or scattered up from lower surfaces and cause damage to our eyes and skin.

The fact of the matter is that UV radiation travels in a straight line from the sun to the earth. Any living being will absorb these rays, while a number of surfaces reflect them such as snow, sand, and water. Most people were taught to stay out of the sun in order to protect ourselves from skin cancer, premature aging and sunburn. However, many do not realize how important it is to protect against the reflective rays of the sun, which are almost as strong rays that are direct. For instance, white paint can reflect as much as over 20% of a full dose of sun, and dry beach sand reflects over 15% and snow can reflect the Sun’s rays up to nearly 90%!

Below listed are some examples where reflective rays may be causing you damage, and you may not even realize it.

– Standing next to a car

– Snow skiing

– Sitting under an umbrella

– Deep sea fishing, even under a Bimini

The truth is, even wearing a wide brim sun hat does not protect you from rogue UV radiation. Random rays of sunlight can strike your face and neck from below the brim of the hat when reflecting off of lower surfaces.

Because children’s skin is thinner and more sensitive, they are in even more danger. In fact, babies under six months old should not be in direct sunlight at all, so be aware of reflected radiation when you position your baby’s stroller. Keeping reflective rays in mind will help you go far in protecting your young ones from sun related problems in the future.

Being conscious of the wily nature of UV rays is important for enjoying your time outdoors and still keeping you and your family sun safe. The reminder again to stay safe is to wear sun protective clothing, a wide brim sun hat, sunscreen and 100% UV protective sunglasses. When sun protective clothing is not practical, such as over the face, apply broad spectrum sunscreen. With these simple rules in mind you can enjoy the outdoors and your health and safety at the same time


Sunglasses Are Fashionable and Protective

Posted: March 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Sunglasses are trendy and fashionable, and they come in different styles and are liked by everyone. The increasing popularity of sunglasses is due to various reasons. Some of those reasons are listed below:

UV rays – The fact of the matter is that eye problems are increasing all over the world. Many doctors blame UV rays for increasing eye problems. Exposure to UV rays can cause various eye diseases like cataracts, skin cancer and skin irritation.

Protection of eye lids – The rays of the sun are also harmful for the surrounding areas of eyes like eye lids. The fragile tissues that surround the eyelids can suffer from melanoma due to UV radiations.

Eyes are important and good quality sunglasses are essential for its care. Every person in this world is at risk from UV rays. The only way to protect your eyesight from the harmful effects of UV rays is sunglasses.

Sunglasses definitely help you to protect your eyesight, but it can also be used as a fashion accessory. Many types of sunglasses are available in the market and that too in multiple designs. You can go for sunglasses with metallic frame if you want stability and durability in your sunglasses. Sunglasses with aluminum frames are light in weight and are also non-corrosive in nature. They are generally used by famous designers in high-end designs.

After choosing a frame for your sunglasses, you need to decide the tint for your sunglasses. Different colors for tints display different effects of light. Many people prefer black and gray tints for their sunglasses because they effectively reduce brightness without affecting the colors as they appear. Yellow color tints are considered more effective in reducing the glare but they cause much color distortion.

If you want to save all the headaches of choosing the perfect sunglasses then you can easily go for those sunglasses which are appropriate for all shapes and faces. Buying sunglasses is not an easy task. You need to keep various factors in mind. The best choice for most of the people can be to go for aluminum frame sunglasses with black tint. It is the safest bet that one can do in case of sunglasses if you are not willing to spend a lot of time on choosing one.


The Main Reason Using Sun Protection on a Cruise to Alaska or Antarctica is Essential

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
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You may have an urge to take an Alaskan cruise in July, or to take a cruise to Antarctica in January because of the fact that those areas are filled with so much beauty and mystery. The first idea you may have while preparing for a trip to either of those places is bundling up because they are quite far away from the Sun, and are  very cold. That is true, you need to dress appropriately in order to keep warm if you plan on taking a cruise to either place.  However, one thing you must never forget to take on those cruises is sunscreen!  You are probably wondering why that would be necessary to do since those regions are far away from the equator and tropics. The truth is, just because Alaska and Antarctica are far away from areas where the Sun directly hits does not mean you are any safer from the Sun’s harmful UV rays than you would be in a sunny area. 
 
In fact, the Sun’s UV rays are even more dangerous because there are holes in the ozone layer in the stratosphere specifically in those regions. When the ozone layer is extremely thin, the UV rays coming through are even stronger and more harmful. 
 
The normal, healthy ozone layer blocks about 90-99 percent of the harmful ultraviolet-B, or UV-B, radiation from reaching the ground. Other types of ultraviolet rays routinely penetrate the ozone layer, but, luckily, those rays are not harmful to us. The job of the ozone layer as well is to block out other harmful radiation and prevents it from reaching the earth’s surface. However, as previously mentioned, in those specific regions the ozone layer is not healthy, and as a result, more harmful UV rays and radiation from the Sun come through. 
 
If you do end up deciding to take a cruise to either place, make sure you do everything you can to not only stay warm but to stay safe from the Sun’s UV rays penetrating through the holes in the ozone layer. Protect yourself, and bring plenty of sunscreen. Enjoy the beauty and stay healthy.


6 Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Posted: February 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Did you forget to wear your sunscreen while spending a lot of time outdoors? Did you forget to wear your hat, extra clothing to protect your skin and sunglasses to protect your eyes? Are you now sunburned as a result? It’s time to ease the pain and repair your skin! Take these helpful tips on board and you’ll be on your way to being more comfortable.

Be Sure to Soothe your Skin
You will want to apply aloe vera gel to your skin. It will not only create a cooling and soothing sensation, but it will also help reduce the damage that is done to your skin. Aloe vera is a great healing substance, anti-inflammatory agent, and anti-bacterial agent, all of which will help treat your sunburn.

Always Loosen up
Do you find that your clothing is irritating your burn even more? Then wear loose fitting clothing so as to avoid irritating your skin further. Who would want tight clothes rubbing against a fresh burn? A floaty skirt or baggy tee will fall away from your body and give you some relief from the pain.

Be Sure to Not go back to the sun
Going back into the sun will simply intensify your burn. Try to stay inside or, at the very least, wear clothing that shields your skin from the sun. And very important, always, always wear your sunscreen.

Ibuprofen Will Help You
Plenty of people think ibuprofen is just for headaches, but it can relieve all kinds of pain. Take some if your burn is feeling especially uncomfortable. You will not only feel the difference, but you’ll see a reduction in swelling that may accompany the burn.

Stay Hydrated
When you’re sunburned, you are especially prone to dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Carry a water bottle around with you so you are able to rehydrate at any time.

Remember that Cool is key
Cooling your body is the key to pain relief. Take a cool bath or apply cool compresses to your skin. Avoid using ice, as it can traumatize the skin and worsen your situation. Adding oatmeal to your bath can help seal essential oils into your skin, while green tea in your bath can help prevent further damage to your skin.

Never forget that having even one major sunburn in your life increases your risk of skin cancer. Prevention is incredibly important when it comes to sunburns. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and try to stay out of the sun during peak hours. If you are exposed to the sun fairly often, make sure you regularly check your skin for new growths, along with changes in freckles or moles. If you notice any changes, be sure to consult your doctor right away.


7 Sunscreen Myths

Posted: February 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | No Comments »

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There are many myths and misinformation about sunscreen, and it’s purpose. I want to take the time to dispel these myths so you have the right information about sunscreen and sun protection.

Myth 1- SPF is the only thing that matters.

Here is the fact on that. The SPF number on sunscreens only reflects the product’s screening ability for UVB rays. Make sure your sunscreen covers both UVB and UVA rays or else it will not provide the protection that you need. While UVB rays cause sunburn, UVA rays cause more long-term effects such as premature skin aging and you do not want either of those to happen.

Myth 2- I should replace my sunscreen every summer.

The truth is, no you don’t. Unless indicated by an expiration date, the FDA requires that all sunscreens be stable and at their original strength for at least three years. If you purchase sunscreen that expires within 3 years, then it is defective. Sunscreen is supposed to be good to use for a very long time.

Myth 3- Only apply sunscreen just before you go out.

Sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before you go out. It doesn’t work immediately. However, Zinc Oxide, a mineral block, will be effective as soon as you put it on.

Myth 4- The best Sunscreen is all I need to protect myself from the sun.

Here is the fact on that. The best sunscreen still allows rays to pass through. That being said, always wear protective clothing. Dark is better than light. A big hat is better than a cap. Always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you have to be bare, seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Myth 5- I only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny.

The truth is, even on cloudy days, when it does not feel hot, or when you’re under trees, the sun still emits damaging UV rays-85% come through on a cloudy day. By the same token, wear it all year round, not just in summer. The UV rays are strong even during winter, and always make sure you wear sunscreen if you are skiing or hiking in the winter.

Myth 6- I always wear the best sunscreen so I’m immune to skin damage.

You never want to make that assumption! If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

Myth 7- Bug repellant and sunscreen can be applied the same time.

If you also want to use bug repellent, first apply the sunscreen – and 20 minutes later, apply the repellent. Studies show combining them increase the penetration of the bug repellant into your skin, which is not going to be healthy for you at all.

These are the most common myths about sunscreen and sun protection believed, and now that you have the facts, you now know the truth about the function and purpose of sunscreen


Babies and Sun Protection

Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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It is a great thing that the latest news is filled with advice and information about protecting babies from the dangers being exposed to the Sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that even one childhood sunburn can double the risk of skin cancer in life later on. The risk of developing melanoma, which is the most deadly of all skin cancers, doubles for those who have had five or more sunburns regardless of the age it happened. Parents who are making sure that their babies are not exposed to the dangers of UV rays from the sun is doing the best thing they could possibly do for their little ones.

However, most advice focuses on only using sunscreen. While sunscreen is a must when it comes to skin protection, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sunscreen in combination with sun protection clothing. This is an important distinction.

Babies, and all children and adults must wear hats and long sleeve shirts while they are in Sun. Sunscreen needs to be applied to uncovered areas of the skin, and should be reapplied at least every two hours. Everyone should stay out of the Sun during peak hours, which is usually 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Add to that, there is growing recognition that the eyes should be protected from exposure to the sun. Although most of the educational focus on sun exposure is on skin cancer, melanoma of the eye can develop and sun glasses are highly recommended.

Sun protection clothing manufacturers are working hard to develop new fabrics that supply maximum sun protection and which can block UVA and UVB rays. A study done recently by Spanish scientists indicated that red, blue and violet colored fabrics provided more protection than yellow. A friend to KINeSYS, has developed an amazing line of sun protection clothing, SunTeez. However, if you decide not to buy sun protection clothing, then be sure the clothing you put your child in is tightly woven. Loose fabric does not provide the protection that your baby requires.


UV Rays and Sunscreen

Posted: February 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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When you are doing activities outdoors, you know you must use sunscreen. This is especially so in the summer season when the sun is strong and there’s increased outdoor activities. However, if you are spending a lot of time outdoors during the winter such as skiing or snowboarding, you need to wear sunscreen as well. The reflection from the snow and high altitude increase the exposure to UV rays that come from the Sun are very strong and can damage your skin, and sunscreen is there to protect your skin. That being said, if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, always put on your sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) whenever you expect to be out in the sun for more than 10 minutes.

The sun generates 2 types of ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV A which affects aging has a longer wavelength, and UV B which is responsible for burning has a shorter wavelength. Short term sunburn and some forms of skin cancer are usually caused by exposure to UV B, while skin wrinkles and also aggravation of cancer is from being exposed to UV A.

Sunscreen does not only protect your skin from the potential of cancer, it helps skin age a lot slower. Always remember to put on sunscreen at least every 2 to 4 hours while you are exposed to the sun. Doctors recommend using about one ounce of sunscreen cream for all parts of the body, including the face. For people who have sensitive facial skin, there are sunscreen made especially for the face. If you fail to wear sunscreen, you are putting your skin at risk of photo aging, which will result in long term skin damage, including the appearance of wrinkles.

SPF label on sunscreen is denoted by a number and this stands for the sun protection factor of the product, and remember that SPF is based ONLY on UVB rays. Make sure your product has Avobenzone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Mexoryl for UVA protection. If you are out for a day at the beach, try to use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Even water resistant (not proof) sunscreens need to be reapplied after spending time in the water for more than 40-80 minutes. Always check the label for duration. Always remember to keep your skin healthy, keep yourself healthy and wear your sunscreen.


What you Need to know About Using the Right Type of Sunscreen

Posted: January 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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As you know, the sun is constantly bombarding us with ultraviolet light radiation that damages our skin. It is important to protect, protect, protect with good sunscreen to keep our skin looking good! Otherwise, with that sun damage comes an increased risk of skin cancer! With so many sunscreens available it can be a real challenge to know which products to choose and how to use sunscreens properly. Here are a few tips-

A sunscreen should be at least SPF 30-  Higher SPF numbers only protect every so slightly more as long as it is applied properly. Be sure to apply at least 15 minutes prior to exposure so that it is fully working by the time you are exposed to the sun completely.

A sunscreen should be able to protect against both UVA and UVB-. To ensure broad spectrum coverage (protecting against both UVA and UVB), one must make sure that the sunscreen contains at least ONE of the following:- avobenzone, Mexoryl, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Do not buy it if it doesn’t contain one!

Zinc Oxide isn’t as pasty as it used to be!- If you or anyone who you know has sensitive skin, be sure to only use sunscreen that contains only  titanium or zinc. Many manufacturers have made the physical blocking sunscreens, like those that contain zinc oxide, much more cosmetically appealing. These tend to be less irritating and protects your skin longer.

Apply liberally! -For creams, one should apply about one ounce in order to cover the entire body. Don’t skimp because burning will be inevitable if you do.

Be sure to re-apply every 2 to 3 hours-  Due to the fact that sunscreen is slowly broken down by sunlight, you should re-apply sunscreen often even if you are not swimming or sweating.

Always wear a hat, protective clothing, and look for a spot that is shady.- Sunscreens should be combined with protective hats and other clothing and one should try to avoid the peak UV hours which is between 10am and 4pm.

If you are looking to get a dose of Vitamin D, don’t rely on the Sun- There has also been controversy about the health benefits of vitamin D and whether sunscreens block us from getting the vitamin D that we need. This issue is best discussed with your doctor who might recommend getting vitamin D levels drawn if they feel you might be at risk of being vitamin D deficient (little daily exposure to UV light). You will want to consider oral vitamin D supplements if strict sun protection practices are being used consistently. Ask your physician if you have additional questions.

 


Why you Need Sun Protection on your Ski Trip

Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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The last thing you would even consider putting on your shopping list in the middle of winter is sunscreen. You may even think it is a strange thought to use sunscreen on your ski trip. The idea of getting a sunburn in the winter- while it is grey and snowy seems quite odd. However, the fact of the matter is that you’re more susceptible to sunburn at higher altitudes, than you are at the mountain base. That being said, what you might think is windburn may actually be sunburn. The atmosphere is a lot thinner at higher altitudes and the reflection from the snow adds to the need to protect yourself. You definitely need Sun protection while you are skiing or even spending a lot of time outdoors during winter.

The question that you are probably asking is how do you protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays while you’re on the slopes? Here are a few tips on how to avoid sunburn while you are enjoying your skiing trip.-

Be sure to put sunscreen on your face, as well as other exposed areas of your skin. Your face and skin will be exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. That is why it is important that you wear a water-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 before you leave for the mountains. Always remember this- no matter how “water-” or “sweat-resistant” your sunscreen claims to be, you’ll need to reapply every 2-3 hours to keep your skin protected!

Other methods to keep yourself protected from the Sun is to purchase some goggles with UV ray protection. Your ski goggles do more than just protect your eyes from wind and elements. Provided that your goggles have 100% UV protection, they can also shield your eyes from UVA, UVB and UVC rays. In fact, you may want to get goggles with reflective and polarize lenses to keep the glare from the snow and sun out as well.

It is also recommended to get yourself lipbalm with sun protection. Your lips, too, are just as prone to sun damage as it is susceptible to dryness and chafing. Hence, a lip balm with SPF is a good investment, especially if you frequently go on ski vacations.

But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Therefore, it is important for you to take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you have a fun and safe ski trip.


Discover why it is Crucial to Bring your Sunscreen While Traveling

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | 2 Comments »

You are living up north where winter strikes. You and your family are yearning to make an escape to the Bahamas for a week to get some Sun, and then you book the trip. And while you create your packing list, make sure you always remember to pack your sunscreen!

Sun protection has become a way of life for individuals, who are intent on keeping their skin healthy, and avoiding wrinkles and leathery skin. Getting sunburn repeatedly can increase your chance of getting skin cancer. The frightening fact is that melanoma in children has been increasing yearly! That being said, it is important for everyone to take a practical approach and properly use sunscreen that you know is of supreme quality, and develop habits that will keep our skin healthy.

However, here is one fact that may surprise you. Not everyone knows how to apply sunscreen, and only a small percent of the population uses sunscreen protection and only half of those people apply sunscreen correctly. In addition, regardless of the SPF or what the label says, sunscreens must be reapplied at most every 80 minutes if you are in water or every 2 hours. Sunscreen users mistakenly believe that high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen products will protect them all day with one application, when in fact; all sunscreens must be reapplied on a regular basis. ALL SPF if based on UVB (burning rays) but you need one of the following to product for the UVA (aging rays- which are mutating the cells); Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide or Avobenzone (parsol 1789).

Many shoppers are confused about the purpose of sunscreen. Because there are a number of sunscreen products are available on the market today, the consumer needs to become educated. Do you believe that just because sunscreens are labeled “sweat proof” or “waterproof” makes them that way? Currently, the FDA is banning the word “waterproof.” Now the term, “water/sweat/perspiration resistant” is accurate, however; this only means the sunscreen offers SPF protection after 40 minutes or 80 minutes of water exposure (this has be listed on the label). So to be safe, use this basic rule of thumb- keep re-applying.

For people who don’t have a lot of time, especially parents, a trend today has been to use aerosol sunscreens because they find them easier to apply. However, the problem with that is that all of them use between 50-80% alcohol, which is a large droplet, so over spraying is required, then rubbing and spreading of the product to make sure no spotting occurs. Make sure you take the time to apply sunscreen generously on your body, as well as your kids’ bodies. Again, do not forget to reapply. Other than that, have a safe and happy vacation.


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