Sunblock Isn’t a Scam

Published on July 11, 2012 by in healthcare


In a break from my normal ranting style, I’m going to allow a public service message today about sunblock.

Summertime – the word rolls off your tongue and instantly conjures images of lemonade stands, fireworks and backyard barbeques. The warm weather is often welcomed by long days spent basking in the sun lounging at the pool or picnicking in the park. Although the extra sun exposure is good for endorphin and vitamin D levels, it is not good for your skin. Why, you ask? Because in addition to dramatically aging the appearance of your skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, prolonged sun exposure can also lead to preventable instances of skin cancer.

So, how do you enjoy the best of both worlds? How do you relish warm summer days without sacrificing the health and appearance of your skin?

  1. Sunscreen: Apply a broad spectrum (offers UVA and UVB protection) SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily, year round.
  2. Avoid Deliberate Tanning: Do not utilize tanning beds and avoid the sun when its rays are the strongest, usually between 10 am and 4 pm.
  3. Protective Clothing: When going outdoors, cover up; try wearing a wide brimmed hat.
  4. Car Window Tint: Much of the damage that occurs to our skin from the sun’s rays happens when we are driving. Invest in special window tint with UV blocking film to protect yourself even further.

These practices are important no matter what your or appearance. Even if your skin has already started showing the effects of a life in the sun, you can drastically slow down the aging process! It’s never too late to start!

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