PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM THE SUMMER SUN
Dr. Michael Goldhenhersh, top Dermatologist from Jerusalem says:”The 1st choice and best defense against skin cancer, sun burn and photo aging (damage that skin can suffers from sunlight over the years) is to:
WEAR A WIDE BRIMMED HAT WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.
“The 2nd choice is SUN SCREEN. The benefit is the prevention of sun burn. There is no clear proof that sun screen protects against skin cancer or photo aging.”
WEAR SUNGLASSES WHEN OUTDOORS.
“You offer your eyes the best protection outdoors by choosing the highest UV protection-rated sunglasses. Darker lenses are not necessarily better at blocking UV rays. Check the UV rating on the label when buying new glasses. It also helps to wear sunglasses that fit close to your face and have wraparound frames that block sunlight from all angles.”
DON’T EXPECT A TAN BASE TO PROTECT.
“Some people think getting a base tan prevents sunburn. The idea is that a few sessions of indoor tanning will protect them from burning in the sun. Research doesn’t support this. A base tan is no substitute for good sun protection. Plus, the risks of long-term tanning outweigh the unproven benefits of a base tan.”
SUN SCREEN TIPS:
Re-apply the sun screen every two hours while in the water, or while sweating. Use sunscreen labeled broad spectrum or UVA/UVB. Don’t use a sun screen that is past eight months of the expiration date.
Check your skin regularly. If you notice anything changing, like a discolored skin patch immediately see a dermatologist, because skin cancer is treatable when caught early.
The strongest hours of sun damage are from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Non-protected exposure during these hours could increase one’s risk of cancer tremendously.
Apply sun screen a half an hour before exposure to the sun, because it takes time for your skin to absorb it. Babies should remain covered up and well shaded as much as possible.
IF YOU GET A SUN BURN:
- Wash the area & then apply plain yogurt.
- When applied to the skin this works as an anti-inflammatory and draws out the heat.
- Apply, let dry for 15 minutes, and rinse. Repeat every hour.
- If you don’t have yogurt, you can also do this with finely peeled potato’s.
- Apply the potato peels (heap to about 1” high) held in place with saran wrap (not too tight).
- Reapply when the potatoes get hot. Just be aware that cooling the burn can take up to seven hours.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone who has light skin, red hair, blues eyes, and freckles are MORE prone to Sun Burn and Skin Cancer.
Got Burn Questions?
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT SUNBURN:
Statistics from the Academy of Dermatology:
Statistics show a dramatic increase in non-melanoma skin cancer. Young people are at an increased risk of developing this disease. Data show that non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States nearly doubled in only twelve years. Each year the number of new non-melanoma skin cancers is about 4 million!
The Burn Prevention Post provides information for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice or attention of a personal physician or other health care professional. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
FOR MORE DETAILS ON SUMMER SKIN PROTECTION AND TREATING A SUN BURN PLEASE GO TO:
Outside Israel call:
972 2 673 3196 home
972 52 762 7954 cell
From inside Israel call:
02 673 3196
052 762 7954
Have a Safe Summer,