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5 Tips to Avoid Getting on The Wrong Side of the Sun

Discussion in 'Health Care & Wellness' started by Shadowhunter, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. Shadowhunter

    Shadowhunter Active Member

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    The sun does some pretty awesome things. Damaging our bodies, however, isn't one of them.


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    Exposure To The Sun And Heat May Cause:


    • Skin lesions (some of which may be cancerous i.e. Skin Cancer)
    • Tumors
    • Freckles
    • Sun Spots
    • Discolored areas of the skin/pigmentation
    • Breakdown of collagen and elastic skin tissue (example: wrinkles)
    • Sunburn
    • Premature aging of the skin
    • Changes in the texture of the skin
    • Brown spots
    • Weak, dry, and/or brittle hair often prone to split ends
    • Unexplained loss of eyelashes
    • Pigmented lesions in the eye that have irregular borders or growth
    • Corneal sunburn
    • Damage to the retina
    • Cataracts

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    A Skin Cancer survivor demonstrates the difference between sun damage that is visible to the naked eye and sun damage that can be seen under UV light:
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    What You Can Do About It:

    1. Wear protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeves when going outside. The darker and tighter the weave of the clothing, the more protection it offers. There are even clothing and accessories with SPF! Accessories such as hats, transition lenses, and sunglasses offer added protection even if they don't have SPF.

    2. Use sunblock and hygienic and cosmetic items with at least 30SPF daily. For best results, apply 15-30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 90 minutes. Avoid going out between the hours of 11am-3pm when the rays are strongest. If you don't like chemical sunscreens (absorbed by the skin), look for a waterproof physical sunscreen (stays on the skin surface, acts as a physical blocker) with zinc oxide. Daily moisturizers, make up, skin treatments, etc are available with SPF, though some may be available in brands other than your current regimen.
    *Remember to cover up scars or broken or damaged skin especially, as the damaging effects will be harsher in those areas.

    3. Stop tanning. There is no such thing as a "healthy tan". Chances are, by the time your skin has tanned, you've already sustained a fair amount of sun damage, and even more so for sunburn. The effects of sun damage does not show up immediately, so don't wait for freckles, moles, skin tags, brown spots, pigmentation, etc to start showing up before you give up tanning!
    *Although people with naturally dark skin have higher levels of melanin, which means it takes much longer to accumulate sun damage, protection is still necessary.

    4. Seek shade whenever possible. Fact: You do not need to be outdoors to get sun damage. UV rays bounce off reflective and light surfaces (eg. cars, sand, snow, concrete, reflective or white walls, clothing, etc) and can still do damage indoors. UV rays can also do damage in cold weather.

    5. Stay hydrated at all times to avoid the negative effects of dehydration, especially in warm weather. Dehydration can cause exhaustion, loss of consciousness, dizziness, confusion, bad breath, muscle cramps, food cravings, and sallow skin for example. Nobody wants to end their lime early for a trip to the hospital for drips!


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  3. LadyDeath

    LadyDeath Senior Marketing Officer
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    Great Info Shadow.

    ADDITIONAL INFO:

    Some people overlook that in Trinidad, we need to take good care of our skin and hair .

    HAIR : The reason we need to go to their hair dresser often to cut out split ends is because of the sun. The sun damages hair folicles and can sometimes suck all the moisture out causing dandruff, dry scalp etc. On the other hand, it can also add unwanted greasiness and moisture. We need to use hair products that has a UV Protector, added to them.


    Lips - You lips is a big indicator of sun damage as well. Peeling lips, discolouration and redness are signs of both sun damage and lack of hydration/moisture. As Shadow indicdated, drinking lots of water can solve this problem. Also exfoliating your lips using cosmetic/organic products can help. Such as lip scrubs , honey and sugar or a simple tooth brush to get rid of dead skin.
    Applying a lip blam or vaseline can also help to keep lips concealed from the sun.

    Skin - We also need to exfoliate often and apply moisturizer after to hydrate our skin.

    Daytime - For your daily routine you can choose a moisturizer, foundation, primer etc. that has SPF or wear good ole
    Sunblock to proctect your face.
    There are skin lotions as well with SPF such as Vaseline.

    Night time- Use a hydrating moisturizer with no SPF . There are also organic substitutes such as essential oils or pure vitamins to apply onto the face of you are sensitive to some products.
     
  4. Shadowhunter

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    Excellent tips LadyD!


    Also, a lot of brunettes will find that their hair takes on a natural goldish to reddish tone, and many try to achieve this by using lemon juice etc in their hair. This is actually hair damage! By the time your hair has changed color your hair has already been damaged quite extensively. For the safest colored hair, use a peroxide free ammonia free hair dye and apply a hair protectant, preferably with SPF. Many hair stylists have expressed their frustration as customers come in to color their hair, and then assume they are lightening the color in the sun when in fact they are damaging their color and their hair.

    For both hair and skin, check the ingredients of the items you are using. Harsh chemicals and other products strip the natural oils from your skin and hair, leaving them unnaturally bare and even more prone to skin and hair damage as well as developing sensitivities. If you are stripping your hair and skin bare only to lather them with strong artificial chemicals, you are making it that much easier to damage your body.
     
  5. LadyDeath

    LadyDeath Senior Marketing Officer
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    Some skin products as well can actually cause more harm than good to your face/body when applied and go our directly into the sun.

    Products such as these sometimes come with warnings to stay away from directly sunlight when using a course of the creams/lotions. It can actually cause sun damage such as sun burns that can make the face worse than it already was : They are :

    -Whitening cream
    - Bleaching cream
    - Skin discolouration creams
    - Melasma/Hyper-pigmentation creams
    - Skin tone creams
    - Acne and blemish creams
     
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    Also certain medications may cause an individual to be more sensitive to the sun (photosensitive). Symptoms may be similar to sunburn and can appear anywhere from a few hours to a few days after sun exposure. Having been on one of these medications before, I can say it also made me light headed, dizzy, faintish, I had trouble breathing, everywhere the sun hit around me was blindingly bright enough for me to lose my balance while walking, I felt like my skin was on fire, and I got something that looked like allergic contact dermatitis combined with terrible sunburn on my skin. However, everyone reacts to things differently so that does not go for everyone.

    As a precaution, simply ask your doctor about new medications and read your medication labels. Some examples of these kinds of medications include but are not limited to:



    • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
    • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR)
    • Tetracycline (Achromycin)
    • Doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox)
    • Cotrimoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
    • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
    • Naproxen (Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, Aleve)
    • Isotretinoin (Accutane)
    • Glyburide (Micronase, DiaBeta, Glynase)
     
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