The summertime sun is one of our favorite things. The vitamin K that naturally makes you feel better and the beautiful glow pulls you out of hibernation and into the most relaxing time of the year. As the season comes to a close, it’s important to see what damage you’ve done and how well or how poorly you protected yourself. A sunburn is one of the most dangerous things for the future of your skin, it’s important to realize that a sunburn is skin damage and a very specific type of skin damage that can stimulate precancerous and cancerous growth that will need surgical removal.
The dangers of sunburn are real. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation survey, 42 percent of people get sunburn at least once a year. For those people, especially the ones that experience a blister; are in trouble. If you experience five sunburns, regardless of how old you are, your risk of developing melanoma will double. Melanoma is the most serious and dangerous type of skin cancer, which can be deadly if not treated immediately. For those that have experienced just one blistering sunburn as a child or adolescent more than doubles the chance of developing melanoma later in life.
Protect yourself and your kid’s young and fragile skin! Dr. Cameron Rokhsar advises to use at least 30 SPF broad spectrum sun tan lotion all year round; not just during the summer but also when the clouds are out. If you really want a glow, look to sunless tanning products such as self-tanners to achieve a tan without exposing yourself to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Professional spray-on tanning is available at many salons, spas and tanning facilities. There is also an extensive line of lotions and sprays for the skin, some even include sunscreen protection. So, don’t risk your health for looks, just look towards other viable tanning options inside stores and out of the sun.
Just remember: Avoid burning at all cost.