Welcome to Arizona! Land of sunshine, blue skies, great trails, and...SUNBURN! It is IMPORTANT to protect your body while enjoying all of what the desert has to offer.
Sunscreen and Sunblock - Burning Questions...
- Skin. Wrinkles and skin cancer. Aren't those reasons enough to cover up? Wear lightweight, light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and a broad-spectrum, sweat-proof sunblock or sunscreen. Do not put sunscreen on your forehead! Sunscreen laden sweat pouring into your eyes burns like heck!
- Eyes. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from damage which can affect your night vision. Don't you want to see the Boogey-Man before he grabs you?!
- Lips. Sun-kissed? Chapped, blistered, and cracked lips aren't kissable. Bear that in mind!
- Head & Neck. Cover it! Bandannas and wide-brimmed hats help keep your head and neck shaded and cooler than no hat at all. Bald is beautiful, but not when burned and blistered!
A certain WHITE (the color of mayonnaise) man I know, referring solely to his lack of skin pigmentation and nothing more, has put forth a valiant, albeit insane, effort toward tanning. I am olive-skinned, seldom burn, and have few, if any, freckles. After minutes in the sun, his skin turns a bright pink, whereas, I "color up" easily. Simply walking from my front door to the mailbox, my skin turns a golden brown. Pink's a color, he insists. So is melanoma, I retort.
Yet I’m far more concerned about protecting my skin from the sun than he is. Sunblock is my primary method of sun protection. But, there has been some doubt about the effectiveness of sunscreen and sunblock in the media of late. Some articles claim that sunscreens contain chemicals that react with the hormones in your body, damaging your DNA. While others claim that use of sunscreen and sunblock actually encourages people to stay out in the sun longer thereby causing the damage that they are supposed to prevent.
Confusing, isn’t it? Nevertheless, sun protection is important. So, don your hat and long-sleeved shirt before heading out into the sun. As for sunscreen or sunblock, read the articles linked below and make an informed decision.
Facts About Sunscreen – American Academy of Dermatology
8 Burning Questions About Sunscreens – WebMD
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