More Sun Safety

dv355036I really want to piggy back on Gigi’s last post.  The truth is, exposure to the UVA/UVB rays from the sun is what is aging your skin, especially the UVA.  Time doesn’t age you like the sun’s rays will.

Take a really good look at the skin on your buttocks. Unless you’re an exhibitionist/nudist, the skin on that part of your body hasn’t really “seen” the sun. Now compare it to your face, arms, legs.  See a difference?  Of course you do.  The sun is aging the exposed parts of your body.

We will always talk about the importance of sunscreen . . .  it’s THE MOST IMPORTANT ingredient in skin care.  But I felt the need to remind everyone of areas that are often neglected and that’s where problems can occur.

LIPS . . . many dermatologists are seeing an increase in skin cancer on this area of the face. Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York dermatologist that has a cool book out called “Skin Rules” discusses this among other issues. There are products that do contain sunscreen for the lips whether a balm or lipstick or gloss.

HANDS . . .  Gigi and I always keep a tube of a hand lotion with SPF in our car and handbag.  We constantly put it on the back of our hands as that area is getting blasted by rays when you are driving. Speaking of driving . . .  I have a UVA/UVB tint on my car windows.  You cannot tint your windshield as it is illegal and technically you can’t tint the driver’s side windows either but I did and am willing to take on the consequences.  In California where we live,  legislation was signed into law January 1, 1999 that allows clear, colorless, and transparent material to be applied to the front and passenger side windows for the specific purpose of reducing ultraviolet rays.  Please check with the local authorities in the state you live in to confirm their laws on this subject.  Just because I’m willing to take risks doesn’t mean you should.

HAIR . . . if you have a part in your hair . . .  guess what?  Your scalp is getting blasted too!  You should put an SPF product of some sort on the scalp where the part is or wear a hat.  I know, this is a tough one . . .  but it’s a reality. That’s why you see me in a baseball cap on the weekends when I’m out and about running around.

NECK . . . don’t forget this area!  Front and back (especially if your hair is short).  I remember having lunch in Miami at a restaurant on the patio of a cool hotel.  It wasn’t a particularly hot day, but when I got home I looked in the mirror and to my horror, my neck and chest were bright red!  Of course my face was protected and just fine, BUT I FORGOT.  I could just kick myself when I remember that day.

EYES/EARS . . . yes you need sunscreen on the skin around your eyes and ears.  I speak about this in my post “TLC for Eyes – Daytime”.  When applying your facial sunscreen, try to get all the skin on your face.  I never really paid attention to that and as a result . . .  my dermatologist found a basal cell carcinoma on the skin right in front of my ear.  Please remember to apply sunscreen on your ears too!

The older I get, the more passionate I am about protecting the skin.  I actually feel sick when I see people walking around on a bright sunny day turning RED right before my eyes!  I’ve been there, I’ve done it. All that damage starts really showing itself in your 40’s . . .  and trust me it will.  Please pay attention!

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