Sun Damage Prevention Tips and Guidelines

Sun damage creates brown spots, lines, wrinkles, yellow uneven surface contour from damaged elastic tissue below the skin surface, bruising, thinning of the skin, precancers and skin cancers. The best way to prevent sun damage is to protect your skin. The most important tip to prevent sun damage is to wear a UVA/UVB sunblock with an SPF of 30 every single day. Here are some additional SUN PROTECTION GUIDELINES: All sunscreens are not alike and you should know: • None are waterproof • Ratings over 50 are misleading • To be effective, it must block both the burning rays of the sun (the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays), and the tanning/aging rays of the sun (the ultraviolet A (UVA) rays) • None last more than two hours and therefore need reapplication often • If swimming in the ocean or bodies of water that flow into it, use chemical free sunscreen for protection of our coral reefs Here is how to protect yourself from photoaging and the cancer producing ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun: • Wear sunscreens * which meet the criteria listed below: • A Sun (burn) Protection Factor (SPF) between 15 and 50 • Contain either a Physical Blocker (Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxide) or a Chemical Blocker (Helioplex or Mexoryl) • Limit skin exposure by wearing: • A wide brim hat (not straw that lets light through) • Sunglasses • You can also take Heliocare*, a dietary that has antioxidant effects. Studies have shown taking it reduces the number of pre-cancers and skin cancers a person gets in their lifetime. supplement, that has antioxidant effects. Studies have shown taking it reduces the number of pre-cancers and skin cancers a person gets in their lifetime.

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