Summer Sun Care Tips from Gold’s Gym Douglasville

Pools are open and the sun is shining…but is there such thing as Too Much Fun in the Sun?  Researchers say UV light exposure can trigger the release of endorphins, those feel-good hormones. But too much exposure could lead to skin cancer, a sometimes deadly disease that affects more than 2 million Americans annually. Surveys indicate that 95 percent of adults think tanning is dangerous, but fewer than 40 percent said they use sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

You need to seek out a product with broad-spectrum protection against ultraviolet A and B rays. (UVA rays cause cell mutations linked to skin cancer, while UVB rays make you burn.) The best way to be sure a product offers some defense is to look for active ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, mexoryl, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Make sure to spread on sun block before you drive to the beach, says Doris Day, M.D., clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NYU School of Medicine: “UVA goes through glass, so if you’re in a car, you will get exposure.”

No matter the darkness or lightness of your skin, every skin type needs protection from the sun. Every skin type can get skin cancer,” says Day. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among Caucasians, but still accounts for 1 to 2 percent of tumors among African Americans and 2 to 4 percent of malignancies among Chinese and Japanese Asians.  In addition, sun exposure can cause more blotchiness and unevenness of skin tone to darker skin than to fairer skin, Day says. “Use sunscreen like everyone else of SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply it,” she says.

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