The Dark Side of the Sun
Is sunscreen part of your daily routine, even if you are not planning on spending any significant time in the direct sunlight? According to a study performed in 2013 by the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of Americans do not regularly use sunscreen. 43.8% of men and 27% of women reported that they never use sunscreen on their face. 42.1% of men and 26.8% of women reported that they never use sunscreen on other exposed parts of their bodies. This is astonishing considering that anyone can get skin cancer (1 in 5 Americans will at some point in his or her life). The sun is a constant component in our daily lives and the leading cause of skin cancer and visible signs of aging.
The ozone layer in our atmosphere works as a protective layer against the sun’s harmful ultra violet rays. However, this shield is thinning at an alarming rate due to all different types of air pollution. The result of this tragic depletion is that the detrimental rays of the sun can more easily penetrate through, which has increased skin cancer at an exponential rate.
Mr. Sun has a dark side! A staggering 90% of visible signs of skin aging are caused by exposure to the sun. The majority of skin cancer incidences are caused by exposure to the sun. The sun is the epitome of a great paradox; there is a fine line between life substantiation and termination. Fortunately, there are multiple highly effective methods that should be made into daily practices. There is no excuse, regardless of where you live, how active you are outdoors, or whether it is sunny or cloudy outside. The sun will get you, and in time that culmination of exposure will show its face on your face.
Sun Facts (according to www.spacefacts.com)
- The sun is 4.6 billion years old.
- 1 million earths could fit inside of the sun.
- The sun is ironically classified as a Yellow Dwarf star.
- Light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach the earth, but first that energy will have already have traveled for millions of years from the core of the sun to reach the surface of it.
- The surface of the sun is 9,932 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the upcoming weeks, we will take a look at the following topics relating to sun protection and repair.
- The difference between UVA and UVB rays, and how to protect yourself against both
- Signs and types of skin cancer and skin aging
- Mineral sunscreen verses other types
- Sun damage and anti-aging protects carried at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness
- HydraFacials for sun damage and signs of aging
Thanks for sharing a smile with us this week!