Protect Your Sun-Kissed Skin This Memorial Day
Finally…Memorial Day, the start of Summer. As usual, my family and I will be soaking up a lot of sun this Memorial Day Weekend. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a beach, baseball field, or your own backyard, PROTECT THE SKIN YOU’RE IN!
Hopefully, you have a skin care regimen that you are following consistently. (If not, contact me!) You don’t want those precious moments a day to be wasted for a day in the sun. Exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays can result in sun damage which leads to wrinkles, leathering of the skin, sagging, age spots, and even skin cancers. These are the obvious and well known facts. Things we’ve all heard before. I’m not here to state the obvious. I want to talk about dome of the little known facts about sun care.
African Americans and people with darker skin tones are NOT immune!
This is a common myth, so don’t feel bad if you believed the hype. In fact, it is so commonly believed that darker skin toned people are immune to skin cancer, even by doctors, that diagnosis and treatment are often delayed. Unfortunately, this delay can lead to death. Generally, skin cancer is not deadly. That is when it is treated early. Take reggae musician Bob Marley as an example. He died at the age of 36 from a form of skin cancer that was mis-diagnosed as a soccer injury. Not to get too science-y, but the darker the skin tone, the more melanin your body produces. Lots of melanin=dark skin. Melanin is also what protects the skin from the sun’s damaging effects and also premature aging. (Ever heard “black don’t crack”?..yep, scientifically proven.) HOWEVER, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanin in African American skin only provides a sun protecting factor (SPF) of 13.4. This is opposed to the 3.4 SPF found in Caucasian skin, but still not enough. Okay, enough of the nerd stuff.
You Are Getting More Sun Than You Think
Let’s take a moment to think about this. We are all aware of when we are “in the sun”, but did you know that most clothing is transparent to UV rays? Yeah…digest that! What about when you’re driving on a nice sunny day..convertible or not?? YOU’RE EXPOSED! Dermatologist have found that patients in the U.S. have more sun damage on the left side of their faces than on the right. Why? Because of the UV rays penetrating through your car’s windows. The good news is that windshields are specially treated to block UV rays, however, but a car’s side and rear windows allow UV rays to penetrate. Yikes!
There are ways to protect yourself whether outside, in the car, or even in the office with lots of windows (yep, there too). The first is to apply sunscreen with an SPF of between 30 and 50. Because UVA passes through window glass, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends making sure your sunscreen and other sun protection products also contain some combination of UVA-shielding ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, stabilized avobenzone, and ecamsule. Be sure to reapply after two hours or after sweating heavily.
UV blocking hats and sunglasses are also helpful.
Another sun safety strategy in the car is tinting or laminating your window glass with a UV-protective film. Don’t worry! You don’t have to go heavy on the tint if that’s not your style. These films come in clear if that’s more your speed.
Of course I’m not going to scare the life out of you without providing you with some skin care solutions and product recommendations. I mean…that’s what I’m here for right? Of course! Mary Kay has a total of 31 products that have received the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. These products range in everything from sunscreen to foundation. One of my favorites is the Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel. I carry it in an ice chest to my boys’ hot and sunny baseball games. When we get hot or feel our skin start to burn we rub the cool gel all over. The feeling of the cool gel is very soothing and almost addicting. Click here to view the complete list of Mary Kay products listed by the Skin Cancer Foundation: http://www.skincancer.org/products
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Happy Memorial Day! Stay sun safe both on the road and once you reach your destination!
Your Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Porsche Jackson