Preventable Protection: SPF

Preventable Protection: SPF

Whether you’re spending your time outside or indoors, sunscreen is essential every day. We’ve said it before: sunscreen is your best anti-aging treatment. Not only does it protect against fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and other sun damage, it’s also your best defense against skin cancer.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States—one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life—but it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day is the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. It’s recommended to use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and reapplying at least every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or sweating.

Celebrate Melanoma Monday by Getting Checked Out

Today we’re celebrating Melanoma Monday by checking our skin for spots of concern! This healthy holiday is designed to raise awareness about melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It’s estimated that more than 135,000 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. If melanoma is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it is almost always curable. If it’s not caught early, melanoma can be fatal.

Checking your skin is easy! Simply look at your skin from head to toe at least once a month. A change in a mole or growth is generally the first sign of skin cancer. Look for signs of change over time including bleeding, irritation, itching or dark coloration. Don’t forget to check the bottoms of your feet, behind your ears and in between your fingers and toes!

The easiest way to examine your moles and birthmarks is by using the ABCDE rule, which can help spot the early signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry
  • Borders with irregular edges
  • Color is varied from one area to another
  • Diameter is larger than a pencil eraser
  • Evolving over time, changing in size, shape or color

Even if you are attentive to any possible changes in your skin, it is still crucial to see a board-certified dermatologist for a full annual checkup. Your dermatologist is uniquely qualified to recognize, evaluate and treat all types of skin cancers.

Other Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Prevention is key when it comes to skin cancer. In addition to sunscreen, there are several other steps you can take to shield your skin, including:

  • Staying inside or seeking shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Covering up with a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothing with a UPF rating
  • Protecting your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Avoid tanning and stay away from tanning beds at all costs!

Some people claim to “hate the feel” of sunscreen. We have a great solution for you: Face Reality’s sunscreen, available at Elle Esthetics, does NOT have that “sunscreen” feel. Wear it as a daily moisturizer while protecting your skin!

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RESVERATROL: A REAL ANTI-AGING INGREDIENT

Resveratrol

Resveratrol promotes a healthy inflammatory response in the body—including helping to alleviate some of the oxidative stress and inflammation that can lead to premature aging. Resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red wine, was found to protect against 22% of both the ultraviolet A radiation and stress-induced damage.

While UVB radiation easily causes sunburn, UVA radiation penetrates deeper, damaging our DNA by generating free radicals which degrades the collagen that gives skin its elastic quality.

Skin ages due to the constant exposure to sunlight as UV radiation from the sun penetrates cells and increases the number of damaging free radicals, especially the reactive oxygen species. Too many reactive oxygen species can be harmful because they can damage the DNA within cells. Over time, this can lead to the accumulation of mutations which speed up aging and destroy the skin’s supportive fibers, collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles. Recent studies strongly suggest the damage caused by reactive oxygen species may also initiate and exacerbate the development of skin cancers.

Resveratrol in your diet and in certain cosmetics such as the Rhonda Alison professional skin care line, is known to neutralize this damage within the cells. It can slow down the damage and the rate of aging and potentially lower the rate of other sun-induced skin lesions.

Book a Grape Passion Antioxidant Facial or The Tuscany Wine Peel at Elle Esthetics to experience the added benefits of resveratrol to your beautiful skin!