Some individuals assume that sunscreen must be harmful because Vitamin D is essential for good health, and the manufacturing of Vitamin D depends on exposure to sunlight (see Part 1). Sunscreen is not mentioned as one of the many causes of Vitamin D deficiency, though. But one of the most important factors in preventing melanoma is sunscreen. Melanoma, which is the worst type of skin cancer, is brought on by UV radiation from excessive exposure to sunshine.
Along with the numerous health advantages which your backyard pool provides you and your family, it may also increase your risk of contracting this dreadful disease, thus it is crucial that you comprehend the risks and wisely encourage your family members and friends to become faithful sunscreen users.
Facts about Melanoma
The Environmental Working Group, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the Melanoma Research Foundation, among other well-known groups, have published scientific evidence to refute two common objections to the use of sunscreen.
First, these studies prove that sunscreen does not prevent Vitamin D synthesis. Second, these studies, conclusively disprove the idea that applying sunscreen is risky and raises your chances of developing cancer. The fact that 90% of Melanoma instances are caused by UV radiation, which normally comes from the sun, is just as scientific as the debunking of those misconceptions. Additionally, sunscreen shields your skin from excessive UV exposure.
Exposure to UV
So, you might be wondering whether UV radiation is good for your health or bad for it. Can it really be both? The solution is a little complicated. Your skin has to be shielded from dangerous UV ray exposure, because your skin is your body’s largest organ. Wearing sunscreen is just one component of a comprehensive skin protection strategy. (We’ll go into that in more detail in a moment.)
Avoiding the sun’s most intense rays (between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and seeking out shady spaces are two additional crucial stages in skin protection. This is especially vital if you are outdoors during those peak hours. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to shield as much of your skin as you can, as well as shielding your eyes with sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats, are two more strategies to protect the surface of your body.
Importance of Sunscreen
Although sunscreen is only one layer of defense against UV radiation, it is a crucial one, because regular use of sunscreen has been proven to reduce the risk of melanoma by up to 73%. However, not just any sunscreen will do; you need to look for one with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30. A sunscreen with the designation “wide spectrum” will shield your skin from UVA and UVB radiation, both of which can cause skin damage.
Continue reading with Part 3.
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