We’ve had some sun scorching days in the past few weeks, and the weather forecast is promising that there is more to come before summer ends. The Skin Cancer Foundation reported that 90 percent of all premature aging and skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. For those of us who are still misinformed or think we’re immune to the damaging effects of the sun, here’s what you need to know about your skin and sun protection:
KNOW THE FACTS
Black people are not at risk for skin cancer and damaging effects of the sun due to the high levels of melanin in their skin
While people with darker skin have a lower risk of getting skin cancer, it does not mean that they are immune. Wearing an SPF 15 or higher every day is the single best skincare product you can use on your skin
You only need to wear sunscreen in the summertime.
Tanning beds are healthy and safer than getting a sun tan.
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, recent studies have linked the use of tanning machines to the most common skin cancers – basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The best way to protect against the harmful rays of the sun is by using a SPF 15 or higher sunscreen or sunscreen with moisturizer on a daily basis. The SPF factor is basically how many times longer you can stay in the sun before beginning to burn while wearing sun protection, as opposed to if you were not wearing any sunscreen at all. Also, make sure that your SPF protect against UVB and UVA rays; it should say so on the bottle.
FACIAL MOISTURIZERS WITH SUNSCREEN