Let's face it: we all look forward to the summer months – enjoying the weather, by the beach or poolside. Everyone wants a beautiful tan to make our skin glow and look oh-so-healthy. But are these looks deceiving?
As much as tanning seems appealing and temporarily gives you that healthy, glowing look, it is very dangerous.
The long-term effects of UV rays cause premature aging. The top medical-grade sunscreens, at best, only give you about 55% of protection and will not protect you against the infrared rays.
Leather looks good on your shoes, not your face.
Aesthetics aside, everyone should be concerned with the impact tanning has on health. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer; it kills one person every 4 hours in this country. It does not discriminate on age, gender, or race. Everyone is equal under the sun.
... the simplest form of prevention is keeping skin exposure low; make sure you wear a hat whenever possible, polarized sunglasses, and maybe even some long-sleeved shirts and light cotton pants. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30-50 30 minutes before going out and reapplying it every 2 hours (more often when participating in water activities) will help to cover what clothes can’t.
get all the details in the new South Coast Prime Times