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Know how to select and apply a good sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn and other skin damage.
If you’re like most people, you enjoy spending time outdoors and feeling the heat of the sun on your skin. But not all the sun’s rays are pleasing. Ultraviolet (UV) light — invisible, but intense rays from the sun — can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.
Though it’s not the only safeguard you need to take, sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to protect your skin and is a good first line of defense.
Here’s how you can get the most protection from your sunscreen.
MayoClinic.com Sunscreen Information:
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The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced today that it has moved UV tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category — “carcinogenic to humans.” Prior to the move, the group had classified sun lamp and tanning bed use as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
In an interview with WebMD, the IARC’s Vincent Cogliano, PhD, called the scientific evidence linking indoor tanning to the deadly skin cancer melanoma “sufficient and compelling.”
A dramatic rise in melanoma, especially among young women, has been seen in recent years. Cogliano said studies conducted over the past decade provide an “an abundance of evidence” that tanning bed use has played a role in this rise, along with direct sun exposure.
“People mistakenly see a tan as a sign of health when it is actually a sign of damage to the skin,” he says.
UVA and UVB Cause Cancer
Cogliano says the IARC group met last month to review the research on tanning beds and the role ultraviolet light exposure plays in skin cancer.
The studies found that ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet C (UVC) radiation all cause cancer in animal models, he says.
This is significant because the indoor tanning industry has often claimed that tanning beds are safe because the bulbs have more UVA radiation than UVB, says American Cancer Society Deputy Chief Medical Officer Len Lichtenfeld, MD.
“This report puts to rest the argument that tanning with UVA light is safe,” Lichtenfeld said in a statement. “As noted by the IARC report, UVA light is also a class I carcinogen and should be avoided.”
The report cited the group’s own research analysis published in 2006, finding the use of tanning beds before age 30 to be associated with a 75% increase in melanoma risk.
A separate study reported last July by researchers from the National Institutes of Health found that melanoma rates among young women in the United States almost tripled between 1973 and 2004.
Beginning in the early 1990s, a particularly dramatic increase was seen in thicker and more lethal melanoma lesions, leading the researchers to conclude that tanning has probably played a significant role in this increase.
Early this year, researchers from the Northern California Cancer Center reported that melanoma cases doubled in the U.S. between the mid 1990s and 2004. The researchers concluded that the increase could not be explained by better screening and earlier detection of the cancer.
About 62,000 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in the U.S. and about 8,000 people died of the disease in 2008, according to the ACS.
“We were not able to examine possible causes for this increase, but there is a lot of evidence that it is related to tanning,” Clarke tells WebMD.
Study co-author Eleni Linos, MD, DrPh, of Stanford University, points to studies showing increases in outdoor and indoor tanning in recent years, especially among young women.
“One of the established risk factors for melanoma is UV light, so both exposure to sun and exposure to tanning beds are probably risk factors.”
Read the full article here on the WebMD website.
From an Esthetician’s point of view ~
We have long since known that exposure to UV light – tanning beds and the sun alike – for extended periods of time poses serious health risks. Especially for those of us in our 20’s and 30’s the knowledge has been nearly ingrained in us. Most of our mothers learned in their early adult lives of the risks and began to slather us with white yucky goop as a precaution before we headed out into the sun. As many of us reached our teens and early 20’s in the 90’s we saw tan skin become increasingly more popular in the media and in Hollywood, tanning salons popping up everywhere, and less and less talk about the risks to our health or long term effects on our skin.
As a licensed Esthetician I continue to further my knowledge about the risks and effects of UV exposure on the skin. I consider educating my clients about the reasoning behind proper sun protection it is not only a service, but my duty. I’d love to meet with you to discuss your skin care regimen and any changes specific to your lifestyle that you could make to better protect your beautiful skin from sun damage.
On a very basic level, for most clients I recommend 30spf on your face and body every day. I like products with the spf built in so that you don’t have to add a step to your routine. Caniglia MD makes a great moisturizer with 30 spf, not greasy or comedogenic.
If you intend to be outside, no matter the season, I suggest reapplying every two to three hours especially to your face. There are new powder products out to enable you to do this without ruining your makeup!
I suggest getting some cute hats and trendy sunglasses, both of which will help in limiting the amount of exposure you get on your face. And for the past sun worshipping time that you can’t take back, ask me about treatments to lighten the sun spots and other exposure related premature signs of aging.
If you just can’t live without that Hollywood bronzed look hit up your local salon for a spray tan, they look just like the real thing without any of the risks.
Inspired by the Wine Blogger’s Conference going on this weekend I’m offering a new treatment! Wine bloggers and writers and industry leaders from around the world will grace us with their presence this weekend to drink wine, talk about wine, drink wine, and drink some more wine. In the event that any of you winos are looking to experience some of what else our fantastic little area has to offer, might I suggest a Pumpkin Wine Enzyme Facial with yours truly! It has the word ‘wine’ in it so you can still count it in as a write off, plus you’ll leave Sonoma County glowing brighter than you did when you arrived!
I don’t know much about wine, except of course how to drink it… but I know plenty about skin. And a Pumpkin Wine Enzyme Facial is the perfect way to finish off your trip to Sonoma County’s Wine Country. A great anti-aging treatment for skin of all types, the Pumpkin Wine treatment provides antioxidant, nutritive, and exfoliating properties for your skin. A fruit-acid enzyme which is applied like a masque, accelerates exfoliation, provides powerful antioxidants to your skin, and substitutes as a mild form of retinoic acid, it is a great option for those who are in need of some hearty exfoliation without using a chemical peel. Your skin will feel rejuvenated and vibrant. And you can go back to drinking wine as soon as we’re done :-)