Sunblock is your summer MUST HAVE>
Every year I go on vacation with a group of friends to the beach. We've been all over, but one thing I have no matter where we end up is LOTS of sunblock. I also always make sure to use sunblock on my head and bring a hat and umbrella.
Over exposure to the sun can lead to outrageously uncomfortable burns, but it can also lead to skin cancer. Everyone has a funny sunburn story to tell but melanoma and non melanoma skin cancers are nothing to joke about.
UV exposure is a major risk factor in skin cancer. UVA and UVB radiation can cause DNA, protein and lipid damage. Topical sunscreens provide short and long term effects in protecting against the harmful rays of the sun.
Do not risk your skin health for a nice tan. Using a sunscreen high in SPF and still getting a tan is better then being bright red and putting yourself at risk. Mineral sunscreens offer an even healthier and more spreadable option.
There has also been a surge in popularity of orally ingested nutrients to protect the skin alongside the topical options.
In studies reviewed in the Journal of Skin Cancer, Vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin E were shown to protect hairless mice from developing tumors when exposed to UV lights. A similar benefit was seen from a mixture of vitamin C, selenium, green tea extract and other natural antioxidants.
Vitamin C has been shown to increase the rate of DNA repair, while C and E have photo protective properties when exposed to UVA light.
Although you cannot replace your topical sunscreen with these vitamins, it doesn't hurt to consume them in addition. Also, don't forget to bring your big umbrella to the beach so you can get some shade to!
What can you do for protection? Take Xymogen's CoQMax Ubiquinol, Bio C 1:1, Vitamin E and Green Tea 600 daily for the best protection against Melanoma.