Summer might be over, but sunlight is not going anywhere: the sun will still rise and set, bathing us with natural light and who says daylight says UV. And particularly UV-A.
The time of year, the type of weather (clouds or no clouds), where you live and where you spend your time (indoors or outdoors) impact the amount of sunlight you’re exposed to, and consequently the amount of UV radiation and the potential damages. The closer you move towards the equator, the higher the levels of UV radiation. And those who think that being inside eliminates risks, they are wrong.
For those who think darker skins need sunscreen as much as others to protect against the nasty UV and skin cancer, this is wrong. Darker skins shouldn't use traditional sunscreen, even less daily. Let us explain.
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. Fortunately, your hairdresser can learn to identify it early by using the simple acronym ABCDE. Many hair salons are referring patients to dermatologists as they find abnormalities on their client’s scalps.
It’s no secret among scientists that skin cancer is on the rise in the U.S. According to the National Cancer Institute, the melanoma rate has more than tripled since the 1970’s. The numbers are staggering. This year alone, nearly 90,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in American adults.
What in the world is UVA and UVB? How do they affect us? And why should I care? We’re going to break down this confusing topic so you can stay informed and spend your time under the sun with confidence.