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Sun Care

By Wessels on August 11, 2009

Sun spots are the small round unsightly marks that appear on your skin as a result of prolonged unprotected exposure to sunlight. Also called age spots and liver spots, they generally appear on your face, shoulders, back and hands. Fortunately, there are treatments available that help to diminish and eliminate the appearance of sun spots.

Occurrence of Sun Spots
When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it defends itself by generating more melanocytes that subsequently produce melanin (a substance responsible for the color of the skin). Too much of melanin causes sun spots to appear on the face, neck, shoulders and back.

Sunburn

It's important to understand how sun exposure can burn your skin. Wikipedia explains: "UV radiation is divided into the UVA, UVB and UVC sub-bands. Ozone in the Earth's atmosphere filters out a portion of this before it reaches the planet's surface. UVC is almost entirely eliminated by the atmosphere, but enough UVA and UVB penetrates it in large enough quantities that sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes. Nevertheless, the inflicted harm is often not immediately obvious." A first-degree sunburn can be painful and typically turns the skin pink or red. Severe sunburns, or second-degree burns, cause blistering and swelling of the skin, and will begin to peel three to eight days after exposure. Each blistering sunburn doubles the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

There are dozens of different brands of sunscreen on the market and practically all women's makeup has an SPF rating. They are even putting sunscreens in cleansers and nighttime moisturizers, which just doesn't make any sense.

While an effective broad spectrum sun-block will help protect you from more damage, the thin disappearing compounds don't really do much good. Some of them can actually do harm. The doctor's idea of "do no harm" does not seem to apply to cosmetic companies. They are allowed to use ingredients that have never been tested for safety.

Here are four simple ways to prevent sun damage:

1. Shade Your Face -- wear a pair of sunglasses and a hat.

2. Stop Smoking -- if you smoke, try to kick the habit because tobacco ranks second, only to sunlight, in its awful effects on the skin.

3. Avoid Tanning Salons -- if you think that tanning beds are safe...you're out luck. UV light is all the same whether it's from the sun or tanning bed bulbs. Basically, no tan is a safe tan except if you want a spray-on tan but you have to remember that it doesn't stop you from getting a sunburn.

4. Wear Sunscreen -- sunscreen has come a long way with SPF ratings...the higher the SPF the better. And, not just when you're at the beach but all the time.

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