The Friday Five – Sun Safety
When I was young protecting your skin while out in the sun wasn’t promoted as it is today. I’m fairly certain that I didn’t even own any sunscreen, but tanning oil was something I was sure to always have on hand. Looking back I cringe at the thought of my reckless suntanning behaviors. Americans are being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, at steadily rising rates. According to the National Cancer Institute, the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled since the 1970s, from 7.9 per 100,000 people in 1975 to 25.2 per 100,000 in 2014. This week’s Friday Five delves into the subject of sunscreens and how to protect ourselves while still enjoying the sunshine.
— Fred Hutch HDRC (@End_Disparities) May 1, 2017
EWG Sun Safety Campaign – Practice Smart Sun
The Environmental Working Group (@ewg), forward thinking companies and concerned citizens are joining together to make a difference in how we view sun safety. Australia has successfully raised public consciousness about sun protection and made it as routine as wearing a seat belt. It’s time to do the same in the U.S. Get informed and check out the articles on the EWG campaign site about how to be safe and enjoy the sun.
The Great Sunscreen Debate: Vitamin D vs. Skin Cancer
People are told to put on sunscreen to help protect against sunburn and skin cancer. But by doing so, are they depriving themselves of necessary vitamin D? Healthline (@Healthline) investigates both sides of the argument so you can make an informed decision.
Apply Sunscreen Early and Often, Plus 6 Ways to Layer Skin Protection
EWG is an excellent resource for all things sun safety. One of their main messages is to re-think how we protect ourselves from the sun and that sunscreen shouldn’t be our first and only defense against the sun. Clothing, hats, and sunglasses are all extremely important when it comes to blocking out harmful rays.
— Beautycounter (@beautycounterhq) May 24, 2017
How a Healthy Diet Can Protect You from Skin Cancer
Maybe Americans have it all wrong. Maybe the best protection from the sun comes from what we put inside our bodies, rather than what we put on the outside. Fitness Magazine (@FitnessMagazine) reports that while studies are still in the beginning stages, research focused on those that live in the Mediterranean suggests their healthy diets may be what keeps people there from high skin cancer rates.
Demystifying the Myths of Summer Sun Exposure
There is a lot of information about sun protection out there and at times it may be unclear what is truth and what is fiction. Beautycounter (@beautycounterhq), a skin care and cosmetics line that is dedicated to using safer ingredients, attempts to explain some of the common misconceptions around sun safety on its blog, The Asterisk.
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