Sun damage prevention
Actinic keratoses (aka solar keratoses) are small, rough or scaly patches of skin that are mainly caused by sun exposure. It is estimated that about 1 in 20 of these precancerous lesions turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, which is generally not serious if treated early. Start incorporating some basic sun protective elements into your daily routine to prevent actinic keratoses from forming. Always be conscious of the amount of sun exposure when engaging in outdoor activities by avoiding the hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the UV index is at its highest. Keep in mind that UV light can penetrate through clouds. Also, snow and water reflect UV radiation and intensify its effects. Whenever possible, wear long-sleeved tops, pants and sunglasses, and select a wide-brim hat. Apply a minimum SPF15 broad spectrum sunscreen to sun-exposed skin, including your lips, and make certain to reapply about every 2 hours, or more frequently if you are engaging in physical activities. Research shows that a low-fat diet (less than 21% of calories derived from fat) may reduce the incidence of actinic keratoses - so, whats good for your heart is also good for your skin! Have you considered trying sunless tanners? A subtle golden glow can be attained with self-tanning products. Newer innovative formulations come in a range of shades and provide even coverage without streaking or staining.