We’ve all heard the horrors of what too much sun exposure can do to our skin. You know, the wrinkles, the freckles, the sunspots, sunburn and three types of skin cancer. But on the other hand, there are ups and downs in not getting enough vitamin D. Oh wait, it also turns out getting sunshine may have an anti-cancer effect.
If you are trying to digest all this conflicting information and your head is spinning, you aren’t alone. What’s a girl (or guy) to do?
Over the last few years, sun protection messages arose as an essential public health message in response to rapidly increasing rates of skin cancers.Then everyone began slathering on sunscreen, which blocks out nearly all UV radiation and that caused health risks from too little Vitamin D.
Let’s just get this out of the way. No one is advocating for you to bake yourself into a leather shoe. A sunburn is still a really bad thing, period. But we all need vitamin D to stay healthy, and sunlight is the best source. Experts say it’s a delicate balancing act based on your skin pigmentation, where you live, and what time of day you are outside, and for how long. If you are a fair-skinned person you require way less sun at noon (only a few minutes without sunscreen) compared to someone with black skin who may require up to six times more sun to get the same amount of vitamin D. Ask a professional at FACES how much time to spend in the sun and take the mystery out of the balancing act.
A great way to “undo” the damage caused by too much sun is through our incredible Cosmedix Peels. Even though our Sun Undone Promotion (usually done every year in October) is over we offer a series of peels at a discounted rate all year long! While the weather is cooling down and the beach isn't calling your name- head on over to the spa and undo that damage! Remember- being proactive is the best thing you can do for you skin.
Stay tuned for more posts about the Seven Skin Sins!!