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Sun and Cancer; How to Prevent Skin Damage Caused by UV Rays

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Avoid Photoageing, Sun Spots and Protect your Body Against Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is one of the most common cancers around the world. It is estimated that every year over 1,000,000 people develop some form of skin cancer. Despite all the warnings and advice on how to avoid sun exposure in order to reduce the risk of developing cancer; it seems like many of us don’t pay attention at all; and although it is true that sun damage is a natural process, many people accelerate this process in the search of beauty and fashion without realising that in the long term, the effects will be the opposite.


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While wrinkles and fine lines are formed by the passing of the time, photoageing is nowadays a big problem in many young people; sun exposure among pollution, stress and lack of sleep are the main factors that affect our skin by producing free radicals, cell damage and eventually damaged skin. The good news is that it is possible to reduce the effects of the sun and in the majority of the cases reduce the damage already caused in very simple and easy steps.

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Avoiding exposure to the UV rays will not only protect you from cancer, but also will make you look better in the long term, your face will show less wrinkles, fine lines and signs of ageing; hopefully this will motivate you enough to avoid long-term exposure to the harmful powers of the sun.


1)   Understand the terminology:

UVB: The B stands for Burn: the UV rays are short in length and hits the skin surface, which results in red and burned skin.


UVA: The A stands for Ageing: the UV rays are long and penetrate deep into the skin, damaging our cells and producing fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and all the typical signs of ageing.


2)   Avoid Peak Hours:

Sun exposure should be avoided between 10am and 4pm; this is when UV rays are more harmful to the skin; try to wear hats and sunglasses as the area of the eyes are the most delicate.


3)   Wear Sunscreen:

Do you want a young looking skin without signs of sunspots or lines? If the answer is yes, then start wearing sunscreen; you should try to use SPF 30 during winter and SPF 15 any other time of the year. You skin will be protected from further damage.


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4)   Antioxidants

Regular consumption of vitamin C, E and Beta-carotene will neutralise the effects produced by the sun to a certain point; a healthy diet should be the key for a longer life; this should include fruit, vegetables, high quality protein and good fats in the form of nuts, seeds and oily fish.


5)   Retin A (Retinoid)

Retinoid is a derivative from Vitamin A. One of the many properties of Retin A is that it tends to normalise the damage caused in our cells by the sun. Renoid is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles and it can also help to plump up the cells in the top layer of the skin, it also helps our organism with the production of collagen and elastin and increase blow flow in the skin.



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