Summer is Coming, Are You Protected?

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Hey Everyone! Welcome back to my blog! This week I thought I would open up the dialogue about sun exposure, since it is almost summer, and the importance of using sunscreen. If you’re like me, you love the sun kissed look. The bronzy, goddess looking skin. However, if we’re not protecting ourselves from prolonged sun exposure your skin can suffer.

Why is this important?

Skin is the largest organ on our body. The skin has an important job of protecting the body and acts as the body’s first line of defense against infection, temperature change, and other challenges to homeostasis (auto-regulated internal stability). Functions include:

Effects of Sun Damage:

Short-Term effects from over exposure or a sunburn can include some or all of the following:

  • Blistering and peeling of the skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma* – A condition in which brown patches appear on the face.
  • Tinea Veriscolor* (white spots)

Long-Term effects are the result of repeated and excessive exposure to the sun over the years, resulting in more  serious conditions that can include:

  • Breakdown of Collagen and Elastin from which you get
    • Wrinkles
    • Sagging
    • Horizontal and vertical lines
    • Dry, leathery texture to the skin
  • Discoloration
  • Benign and cancerous skin growths  – and this is what we want to prevent!

Treatment and Prevention:

  • Exfoliation
    • Microdermabrasion
    • Chemical Peels
  • Light Therapy
    • IPL – Intense Pulse Light
    • LED Therapy – Blue, Green, Yellow or Red Light
  • Hydration
  • Sunblock

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This is one I’ve used recently and found it work really well plus I like the ingredient list.

I’ll leave some links below if you would like to do more research regarding skin care.  Also I’m still in search of an awesome face sunscreen so please share if you know of any good ones.

Namaste,

Mel

Valle de Guadalupe, May 2018

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integumentary_system

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeostasis

Sun Damaged Skin

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/07/sun-skin

 

 

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