Remember the days of tanning with baby oil, a little bit of iodine mixed in for better color? How many of you baked between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM because the sun was the hottest and the strongest during that time of day? What about the head-start you used to get, the “base tan” at the “electric beach” before you went on vacation. What about spending long hours fishing streamside or boating in the sun without a second thought to the backs of our necks or top of our ears (or top of our heads for that matter)? Ah…. those were the days- before we knew that baking in the sun wasn’t a good idea, when sunscreen wasn’t in vogue or even available for that matter, and only came in an SPF 4. We’d burn and peel and burn and peel, we used to have contests to see who could peel off the biggest piece of skin. That old adage, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you” doesn’t apply anymore. I think we all know by now that intentionally baking in the sun to acquire a “healthy glow” is not healthy and paying a monthly fee to fry at the tanning booth is asking for trouble.
The sun’s rays, can damage skin and lead to wrinkles, premature aging, painful sunburn, cataracts, basal cell and squamous cell cancer, and of course the deadly form of cancer called melanoma.
The good news is that 80% of skin damage and skin cancer can be prevented. By putting a layer of protection between your skin and the sun, you can shield your largest organ from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
CommonHealth – the Virginia Employee Wellness Program