You’re Getting Burnt And You Don’t Even Know It

That’s the menacing thing about the sun, you are actually getting burnt and you don’t even know it.

Dr. Gross often says that ‘pink is the new red’ when it comes to sunburn. “Pink skin signals the beginning of a burn and is your body telling you that it’s had too much sun. Regard this change in color as a reminder to get out of the sun and to cover up,” he cautions.

Research shows that a substantial amount of premature aging comes from incidental sun exposure when we’re unaware of it – such as when we’re out shopping or simply grabbing lunch, or even driving in the car. Intermittent sun exposure can add up to 20 minutes of sun exposure a day. That’s 120 hours a year!

It does not matter whether you live in Alaska or Australia, or even the time of year, the sun is skin’s worst enemy when it comes to skin cancer, skin damage and premature skin aging which is why sun protection is so important. All. Of. The. Time.

While the sun is certainly more intense in warmer months, the cumulative effect in winter still amounts to appreciative damage. UV rays trigger free radicals, which act like little darts on our skin, poking holes in our collagen and elastin.  In fact, sun damage is not only that stinging feeling. Sunspots actually form as a result of excess pigmentation due to too much ultra violet light – it is not simple about ‘burning’ – there are other dangerous side effects that result from unsafe exposure to the run and smart ways to avoid them.

Don’t sin! Whether you’re beach side or sidewalk dining, the sun is always on. Take the time to lather up, cover up and be mindful of the dangers unbeknown to you.

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