15 Jan Why you should protect your skin from the summer sun
The skin is the largest organ on the human body covering an area of around two square metres and accounting for approximately 15% of your bodyweight. It is believed that shifts in skin condition can indicate a change in your health with things like growths or discolouration perhaps telling you it’s time to take care of yourself. Here are five reasons why you should pay attention to your skin and protect it from the summer sun…
- Melanoma is responsible for thousands of deaths every year – deaths which can be prevented. Always cover your skin when possible and keep out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day of 11-4pm, even in winter. If you do go out, use a high factor sunscreen and re-apply it every two to three hours to ensure you are safe. Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat and monitor your skin for any changes. If any of your moles look suspicious, see a doctor or a dermatologist immediately.
- With skin cancer, safe is so much better than sorry and it can be caught in time.
- Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma
- These two types of skin cancer sound very scary, but they are actually the less dangerous of the skin cancer crew. Basal cell carcinoma appear as lesions which are red and swollen while squamous cell carcinoma look like red growths. Both need to be checked by a professional, though, as they can be fatal if left untreated.
- The sun may make skin look wonderful and golden in your youth, but when you get older it will develop wrinkles, brown spots and, as you’ve seen above, cancer. The problem is that as the sun hits the skin, the ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation weakens your skin and causes the damage. Your best bet is to keep your skin out of the sun as much as possible, for both black and white skin types. Black skin may come with extra protection, but it is just as vulnerable to damage.
- Eye damage
- You have opted to not wear sunglasses and protect your eyes and now you are battling to see and suffering from a myriad of problems. Don’t let this be your story! Some of the things that sun can do to your unprotected eyes include cataracts, sunburned corneas and even squamous cell carcinoma – cancer on the surface of the eye. Your best bet is to always wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat whenever you go out into the sun.
- Not only is sunburn extremely painful, but it is proof that your skin has been harmed by radiation! Sometimes, if you’ve been burned very badly, you can get blisters and heat stroke and some people have even gone in shock. Sunburn needs lots of tender care and you must completely avoid going into the sun while it is still recovering. Use plenty of special after sun remedies, remember to use sunscreen next time and, even more importantly, remember that sunburn means skin cancer.