Q&A with Dr. Ellen Frankel, dermatologist

http://breegalbraith.com/?product_cat=sleeves see this here The sun does make us feel good!  But is it good for us?  Well, a lack of sunlight can cause seasonal depression, and there is a lot written about Vitamin D, and how important that is for our health, which is true. We can get our necessary Vitamin D from food, and from medication, if needed. Sun is responsible for the synthesis of Vitamin D (cholecalciferol), the major natural source of the vitamin.  Synthesis of Vitamin D in the skin is dependent on sun exposure, especially UVB radiation. Vitamin D from our diet or synthesized in our skin from the sun, is biologically inactive and must be converted via hydroxylation, using enzymatic converstion that takes place in the liver and kidneys. We cannot get enough Vitamin D from the sun, alone, unless we were to bake in the sun – and that’s something we definitely don’t want to do.

Has the sun gotten hotter? Over the years, the protective ozone lay261er on our earth has started disappearing.  So, if the sun seems hotter, or not like the sun you grew up with, it’s still the same – the protective covering we used to have, however,
is not, and that’s why our exposure has increased, and so much our protective measures.

What feels good is not good for us. Sun can cause premature aging, dryness and brown spots.  Of course, it can also cause skin cancer – melanoma – everything from the little spots we have removed to prevent them from developing into something worse, to the deep,burrowing cancer that can metastisize and kill us.

Use Protection.

Sunblock.  Always wear a broad spectrum sunblock with Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, with an SPF or 30 or higher. Use it daily and reapply after swimming or sweating. Apply sunblock to ALL areas, including the ears, front and back of your neck, hands and feet (tops and bottoms). Apply often and remember to reapply after swimming.

Protective clothing. There are wonderful clothing and hats that have a UPF of 50 from Sun Precautions and Coolibar. They are vented, so they are cool, and very stylish in addition to protecting the skin.

Black or olive skin?  Remember – if you are a male or female of color, or with a dark pigment to your skin, you still need protection – your skin color does not provide natural protection.

Best Ways to get a tan.

Tanning Booths
No!  Run the other way! There is NO such thing as a safe tan from tanning booth lights. Not even that one time – just for the prom or formal evening. Google out the YouTube video “Dear 16 year old me” and that might really drive home the point. Never sign a permission slip letting your teenage daughter get a tanning booth tan – you are signing permission for your child to h
ave an increased risk of skin cancer – don’t do it.

 Self-tanning creams and spray tanning.  These are fine, and as you might expect, they contain dyes which stain the skin.  However, remember they don’t protect you from the sun so you still need to use sunblock on a daily basis

What’s in fashion?  Tan or au Naturel?
Remember Coco Chanel. She reminded people that royalty did not go out in the sun and t123hat a tan was a sign of “lower class”.  She was responsible for women wearing hats and using “parasols” (umbrellas) to protect themselves from the sun BEFORE sunblock was available.  There is no such thing as a healthy tan so the natural skin tone IS MORE FASHIONABLE and every year it grows in acceptance as a sign of greater beauty.

Sunburn!  Now what? Try NOT to get a sunburn. Every blistering burn increases your chances of getting Malignant Melanoma, a DEADLY form of skin cancer. Yes, your skin is bu
rning – because you have done serious damage.  If you are in a caretaking role for children this summer, be even more cautious because sunburns have a cumulative effect over the years, and children run around more and go in the water often.  Protect them!

Seeing a dermatologist.

People with a family history of skin cancer or sunburns should see a dermatologist for a baseline exa
m and then, yearly. They should come more frequently if they have actinic keratoses (precancerous sunspots) or history of skin cancer, get a bad burn, or s
ee an unusual looking spot or growth that they want to check out.

One word of summer sun ad

Protect your birthday suit!  Use sunblock daily.


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