How We Got Here
In the 1980’s we saw the emergence of tanning beds and everyone flocked to them trying to get that sun-kissed look, but what we didn’t know is that put us on the fast-track to a skin cancer epidemic that was to come for the next few decades.
Today, though tanning beds still exist and beaches will never be empty, this generation seems to be approaching this much smarter than previous generations. Now it is all about convenience and treating themselves to beauty treatments that will give them that same bronzed glow while preserving their skin and health.
Skin damage accumulates with 90% of skin aging being caused by the sun or tanning beds. It is said that 50% of the skin damage is done by the time you are 40 years old and eventually those blistering sunburns of your youth and peeling shoulders of your adulthood can add up to one or more skin cancers of varying degrees.
What causes our skin to age?
Many things cause our skin to age. Some things we cannot do anything about; others we can. One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. It plays a key role. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur.
We can however influence another type of aging that affects our skin even greater. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to drastically age prematurely. There is a direct link to the exponential growth in the medical spa industry and the advanced skin damage reversal services to the catastrophic damage that has been done over the past few decades trying to obtain that Coppertone tan we all envied in the commercials.
By taking preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin and almost rid our chances of skin cancer altogether. All of this is able to be done by joining the SUNLESS MOVEMENT that so many others are doing today!
Protect Yourself Everyday
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See a dermatologist at least once a year for a professional skin exam.
For more facts, examples, and to contact an expert, please check out the Skin Cancer Foundation Website and call your doctor with anything that may be of concern. It is always better to be safe than sorry.