Mother Earth Living

Natural Healing: Stop Sun Damage

By Joshua Fox, M.D.
July/August 2003
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

In The News: Environmental Working Group Releases 2012 Sunscreen Guide

Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite su...

Natural Sunscreen: California Baby No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick

Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a convenient natural sunscreen stick from Environm...

After-Sun Summer Skin Care: Badger Bali Balm

Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm ...

In The News: Some Sunscreens May be Hazardous to Your Health

The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.

1. Use sunscreen every day. Choose those with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and with both UVA and UVB protection. Making sunscreen a regular part of your daily health ritual (brush your teeth and hair, put sunscreen on sun-exposed areas — face, neck and arms) will have a tremendous effect on lowering your possibility of developing skin cancer.

2. Wear a hat. Sounds basic, but it helps. A hat with a wide brim covering the neck, face and ears goes a long way toward reducing the impact of the sun’s rays on the skin.

3. Wear protective clothing when possible. This might include shirts with sleeves and tightly woven long pants. This is particularly important for people whose work puts them in the sun during the hottest hours of the day.

4. Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. This is a challenging precaution for many people, but it’s a critical aspect of reducing the incidence of skin cancers. This doesn’t mean you need to stay inside during this time — just that you should try to reduce the time spent under the sun’s strongest rays. Every minute in the sun has a harmful effect. There’s no such thing as a healthy tan.

5. Don’t forget sunglasses. Sunglasses offer yet another strategy for blocking the sun from the skin and eyes. Make sure to buy sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.


Joshua Fox, M.D., is the director of Advanced Dermatology P.C. in New York City.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.