Summer is quickly approaching. On some days in Arizona, it feels like it’s already here. Sunny days are ahead.
Now is the time to start thinking about sunscreen. Wearing it all year long is a great idea, but for those who think about it more when they feel the heat, now is the time.
- Limit Exposure
“Skin cancer — the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun.”
It goes on to say what to do to reduce the risk, by stating,
“You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.”
Sunscreen will help you reduce and avoid that exposure.
- Choosing a Sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen that has a high SPF. What is that? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Although there seems to be controversy on this, generally the higher the better. A sunscreen with less chemicals in it, for many, is a better choice.
SPF measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays (the radiation that causes sunburn and damages skin) and UVA rays (also damages the skin, but deeper). According to Skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb,
“UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, has long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), …”
Have fun in the sun, but be proactive and take steps to protect yourself and your whole family by buying and using a high quality sunscreen.
Martha maintains RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com , which is a health and wellness information website that promotes healthy living and products for healthy living. For more information contact Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-750-7847.
Although this article is a few years old, I felt it was worth sharing. mlr
Personal care products, especially those used by baby, should be chosen with caution. You would think we could trust the safety of products labeled for baby-use, but alas, that is not the case. The New York Times recently covered the announcement by Johnson & Johnson to remove potentially harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, from their baby products by the end of next year.
Another group of scary chemicals that have been found in baby products are phthalates. Scientists are making connections between exposure to phthalates and hormone related diseases, such as diabetes and thyroid disease. Medical News Today published an article about a study by US researchers that found phthalates in the urine of babies that used baby shampoo, baby powder, and baby lotion.
Phthalates are hormone disrupters and seem to especially affect male development. Products that contain phthalates are not easy to identify. They are often added as a component of fragrance, or added to plastics to make them more flexible. Therefore, they are not required to be listed on ingredient labels.
Even though phthalates may not be listed on labels, products with phthalates are commonly found in a variety of personal care products.Prevention Magazine describes how easy it is to be exposed to phthalates.
This article was published with permission.
If you would like help in finding non-toxic products for your baby, contact me, Martha L. Robards, at email@example.com, or call me at 505-750-7847, or private message me on my Facebook business page, RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com.
Food additives: ugh! Here is some of the latest information.
“Deciding what foods to buy was simpler when most food came from farms. Now, factory-made foods have made chemical additives a significant part of our diet.
In general, it’s best to avoid the following ingredients.
- Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Saccharin, Sucralose
- Food dyes
- Mycoprotein (Quorn-brand meat substitutes)
- Partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat)
And don’t forget to cut back on sugar and salt, which cause more harm than all the other additives combined.”
BE COOL IN SUMMER
All of us (yes, I’m a big kid!) kids, big and small, look forward to summer! Outdoor sports, hiking, playing ball, running and walking in the park, swimming and going to the lake are all things we love to do in the summertime.
Being in the sun is fun, but it can also be dangerous. Our bodies can overheat and cause us to get sick. The Arizona Department of Health Services has a list of things that can help you be safe in the sun. Here are a few of them:
Use Sunscreen Every Day! Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can damage your skin. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply 10 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 ½ hours or sooner if perspiring or engaging in water activities. Wearing sunscreen every day is as important as brushing your teeth!
Wear a Wide-Brimmed Hat and Lip Balm! A hat with a wide brim offers better protection for your scalp, ears, face and the back of your neck than a baseball cap or visor . And, protect lips with SPF 15+ lip balm.
Wear Sunglasses! Sunglasses reduce sun exposure that can damage your eyes and lead to cataracts. Check the label and choose sunglasses that block at least 90% of UVA and UVB rays.
Cover Up! Wear long sleeves and pants if possible to protect your skin when playing or working outdoors. Darker colors and fabric with a tight weave provide the most protection.
Limit Time in the Midday Sun! Limit your outdoor activities when the UV rays are strongest and most damaging (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Remember: Look for your shadow—if no shadow, seek cover!
Take Cover! Find something fun that doesn’t involve exposure to direct sun. Take cover under a tree, ramada or find an indoor activity inside a gym, library or classroom during peak UV.
For more information, go to: www.azdhs.gov/phs/sunwise
You can reach me (Meme) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to my website www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com. Send me questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you. Meme’s News No. 2 (June 1016) © 2016