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UV Protection: Are You Doing It?

April 26, 2012

According to a 2010 poll published by Reuters, only 20% of Americans put on sunscreen before going outdoors in the summer. A staggering 40% of Americans never apply sunscreen before going outside!

And only a measly 9% use sunscreen everyday. 

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This is a huge problem! The cases of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) are growing at a

faster rate than any other type of cancer. It is the leading cancer diagnosis for women 25 to 30 and thesecond leading cancer diagnosis for men and women aged 15 to 30.

The most effective methods of treatment known are preventative methods like wearing sunscreen and / or UV protective clothing daily.

So – why don’t more people use sunscreen or UV protection?

The poll also showed that people who earn more money are more likely to use sunscreen regularly. So maybe it’s the expense?

Well, sunscreen can be pricey but it is critical to find a way to protect your skin. According to an MSNBC article the top sunscreens are also among the cheapest! Their #1 pick was a target brand sunscreen that costs roughly 88 cents an ounce.

You can read a more detailed report about the sunscreen evaluation process from Consumer Reports here. 

A great benefit with UV protective clothing is that it is re-usable. Sunscreen needs to be applied liberally to the entire body and re-applied every 1 to 2 hours. UV protective clothing provides 50+ SPF protection as long as you are wearing it. You will still have to apply some sun screen to parts of your body not covered by UV protective clothing, but because it will be a lot less of your body it will be a lot less of a hassle.

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SPZ SolarWrapz 50+ SPF hat

UV protective clothing is also a great option for kids who have a hard time sitting still to apply and reapply sunscreen.

Wide brimmed UV protective hats block roughly 50% of UV rays around your eyes and upper face according to the AOA. 

Sun Protection Zone makes a wide range of maximum UV protective clothing for all ages that is the highest quality but also affordable so that everyone can afford to protect their skin!

Some people think that wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is actually harmful for you.

In this online survey about sunscreen use, the top opinion chosen by the voters is that:

No I don’t wear sunscreen. “Vitamin D deficiency is a more serious health threat than sunscreen slathering advocates may realize.”

Well. Nobody is saying that a vitamin D deficiency is a good thing. A vitamin D deficiency causes a disease called rickets. Rickets occurs when there is insufficient vitamin D in your system and causes your bones to release their calcium and phosphate, weakening them or impeding growth.

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Do a little research before you buy anything - especially a health product

Sounds awful! But fortunately, Vitamin D supplements (specifically D3 which is a better supplement form

for the body than D2) can be just as effective as sunlight. By using Vitamin D supplements, you can have a healthy level of Vitamin D and avoid the possibility of developing skin cancer from sun exposure. 

Some people fear the ingredients in sunscreen and think that they can cause harm to the body.

This is somewhat true actually! Vitamin A, which is used in many sunscreens for its anti-aging properties, has been shown to accelerate the growth rate of skin cancer! I recommend taking some time to read the labels of your sunscreens and making sure there is no vitamin A in there!

There are other ingredients in some sunscreens that some say may cause adverse side effects, so it is important to check your ingredient labels!

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Super Brain Model Gisele believes sunscreen is "poison"

Gisele Bundchen doesn’t wear sunscreen at all claiming that it’s “poison.” Well, that’s why Gisele is a supermodel not a scientist. (I wonder if she thought she was supposed to eat it?) For the rest of us, it just takes some common sense and a tiny bit of elbow grease to be savvy consumers and pick healthy sunscreens.

One great resource is the Environmental Working Group’s rating of sunscreens that shows you which sunscreens are effective and are made from safe ingredients. I highly recommend this site, it’s so easy to use and will make you feel comfortable with your sunscreen selection.

Eco-Friendly UV Sunwear GreenBeanz

UV protective clothing has no adverse side effects. SPZ’s new GreenBeanz line is even environmentally friendly! It’s made through patented technology that transforms recycled coffee grounds into a naturally 50+ SPF protective fabric. It’s pretty amazing!

So, do you use UV protection? If you didn’t before I hope that you’ll consider it now, it’s so important and can be so easy! 

I’d love to hear your opinions. If anyone reading this still doesn’t like the idea of using sunscreen or UV protective clothing – why not?

If you don’t use UV protection, you will get burned.

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Use UV Protection - EVERYTIME

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2012 3:25 pm

    Thank you for writing this post. The pictures are entertaining and right on! I wrote a post about my friend’s on-going battle with melanoma. I wanted to add they also make UV clothing for dogs. I have a Bichon and she can burn too- so her little uv shirt protects her when we go on walks along the beach.

    • May 1, 2012 3:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!
      Your article is absolutely beautiful and your friend Misti seems like such a wonderful and strong woman.
      She will be in my prayers!
      Thank you for spreading sun safety awareness!

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