Carrot Seed Oil: A Natural Alternative To Sunscreen?
There are many reasons why one would want to use sunblock. One of them is prevention of melanoma. There have been studies which show that sunscreen prevents melanomas from developing. However, there are other factors involved in this process too such as UV radiation exposure and genetics.
You might wonder if using sunblock will cause your hair to fall out or not?
Well, it depends on the person. If you have fair hair then it won’t fall out at all. On the other hand, if you have dark hair, then it may fall out even when using sunscreen.
On the other hand, some people experience no side effects with using sunblock and their hair does not fall out either. These people are called “non-melanoma” individuals.
So, what’s the difference between these two groups?
The answer lies in genetic makeup. Those with non-melanoma genes do not get cancerous cells in their body even after getting exposed to high levels of ultraviolet rays. They are known as “carcinogen free.”
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have any of those genes. Carcinogen is basically a substance that causes cancer. Those who have dark hair and fair skin are at risk of developing not only melanomas, but non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal and squamous cell cancer. Sunscreen can be used for these individuals.
Sun protection factor or SPF is the general term for a measurement describing the amount of time someone can stay in the sun without getting a sunburn. An SPF 15, for example, allows someone to stay in the sun 15 times longer than they would without it on.
Most dermatologists highly recommend the use of a water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. It should be applied 20 minutes before going outdoors and should be reapplied every two hours after swimming or excessive sweating. Sunscreens are available over-the-counter or from a physician.
There are many myths that surround the use of sunscreens. It has been said that sunscreens cause cancer, but this is not true. In fact, using sunscreen actually reduces the chances of developing skin cancer. Also, sunscreen does not cause your skin to tan, it only blocks the harmful effects of the sun to your skin.
Sunscreens come in several forms such as lotions, creams, gels, oils and waxes. The type of sunscreen you use is a personal choice as to which one feels best on your skin and is easiest to apply. Most sunscreens are available without a prescription. Always look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
One of the newest types of sunscreens is a liquid form that is transparent and goes on invisibly. It can be worn under make-up and does not feel sticky on your skin. It also contains vitamins A and E which help protect the skin against free radicals.
If you want to spend more money for a sunscreen, you can get one that has antioxidants in them, such as vitamin C and E. These may provide extra protection for your skin against free radicals, but keep in mind that these are very costly.
Another new product is a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide, an ingredient that reflects the sun’s rays. These sunscreens give you more protection than regular products and can last longer since you don’t need to reapply it as often.
Some dermatologists and skin care professionals are also promoting protective clothing as a substitute for sunscreen. This clothing is specially designed for the outdoors and is usually tight-weave and natural fabric.
Whatever sunscreen you use, make sure you read the label before applying it to your skin. Also, don’t forget to apply it to all of your exposed skin, not just your face and hands. And remember to keep it out of your eyes!
And now for a few words about tanning… Contrary to popular belief, tanned skin can actually PREVENT skin cancer. The misconception is that a tan means your skin is damaged. This isn’t true.
In fact, when you get a suntan, it produces a pigment in the skin called melanin. Melanin is what gives your skin a sun-kissed look. The greater the amount of melanin you have, the darker your skin will be.
Melanin is also what protects your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. It actually acts like a filter and blocks out the harmful rays. The more melanin you have, the less likely it is that you’ll get skin cancer. Melanin can be increased by being in the sun OR by using a tanning lotion that contains bronzers.
Tanning lotions are available without a prescription and can be found at most department stores. Just follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. Also, make sure you don’t get “bronzer” confused with “browner”. A tanning lotion will give you a tan, not make your skin brown.
And that about wraps it up for this summer’s discussion on the myths and facts of sunscreens and tanning lotions. I hope you’ll keep these facts in mind the next time you go outside to enjoy this beautiful summer weather.
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