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5 Things You Need to Know About Sun Damage

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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Gone are the long sleeves and scarves of winter. With warm summer months come tank tops, along with flip-flops and swimming suits. No matter what outdoor activity you’re enjoying, having any exposed skin can cause you to run the risk of sun damage. Whether you’re enjoying a swim, a bike ride or a kayak ride, here are 5 things you should keep in mind when it comes to sun damage:

  • Sunburns and Suntans are a reaction to the skin being injured

Whether you get a painful, red burn or a sought-after tan, both are the result of the same thing: your skin being attacked by the sun’s UV rays. A tan is the result of the body creating more melanin to protect itself, while a burn is an inflammatory response to damage. In both situations, the skin loses moisture and starts to tighten.

  • Base Tans Don’t Protect You

No matter how nice they may look, tans are still the result of the skin being damaged. Adding to a base tan by tanning more will only result in a higher risk for wrinkles and possibly cancer.

  • Use Sunscreen Liberally

Most people don’t use as much sunscreen as the manufacturers recommend. And after a while, it will start to wear off. Dermatologists recommend you reapply sunscreen once every two hours.

  • Any time is a good time to quit tanning

Some people who’ve experienced sun exposure at an early age tend to take on the mantra, “The damage is done, so I may as well keep tanning!” However, harmful sun exposure is like smoking: even if the damage is done, quitting is still better than continuing the habit.

  • You don’t always see it

Just because sun damage doesn’t show up doesn’t mean it’s not happening. While it’s easier to see sun damage on fair skin, those with natural tans are just as much at risk for sun damage, skin cancer and premature wrinkles—even if you don’t see the damage as it’s happening.

Jayhawk Pharmacy wants you to stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors. As long as you take the proper precautions, you should be able to enjoy the warmer weather without damaging your skin. If you have a helpful summer safety tip, share it with us on our Facebook page!

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