Wearing sunscreen is a no brainer—we’ve all seen the data on how UV exposure leads to pre-mature skin aging and, even worse, skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. But the UVA and UVB rays of the sun also pose risks to your eyes. Extended exposure can lead to short-term irritation, but also long-term damage.
“In the same way it’s important to protect our skin from UV damage, it’s also important to protect our eyes. Long-term exposure to UV can cause damage to the structures in our eyes,” said optometrist Stephen Cohen, OD, of Scottsdale, AZ. “It’s especially important to protect our eyes during the highest UV exposure hours (10am-2pm) and when the sun is lower in the sk
Sad but true, sometimes fear is the greatest motivator. Turns out that fear of looking old motivates teens to apply sunscreen much more than the possibility of developing skin cancer.
A University of Colorado study, published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that educating teens about the aging and appearance-related effects of sun exposure is more effective than showing them the relationship between UV exposure and skin cancer when it comes to getting them to use sunscreen.
Fifty students from a Northern California high school were divided into two groups and shown one of the following videos:
A health-based video that “discussed
With plenty of heat and humidity heading our way, it’s a good idea to invest in cosmetic products that will stay put in the face of moisture and high temperatures throughout the summer months. Whether you’ll be spending the summer lounging by the pool or traipsing along the hot city sidewalks, it’s always valuable to have makeup that’s lightweight, waterproof, and not prone to melting off your face.
Let’s start with the basics: foundation. In the heat of summer, liquid foundation can feel heavy and stifling. You also risk it running if you find yourself getting a litt
From fairest pale to luscious brown, all skin types need to take care in the sun. Skin cancer can strike anyone, regardless of color, and can occur even with skin types rich in melanin. If you have lighter skin that burns easily, you have a higher risk of developing skin cancers, but contrary to popular belief, deep pigmentation does not make you immune.
With all skin tones, the key to prevention is protection, which means avoiding sun exposure during peak hours, wearing protective clothing and, of course, using broad spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks.
“Skin cancer prevention is the same for all skin types – sun protection, sun protection, sun protection,” said Washington, D.C. D