A dark bronze, sun-kissed skin tone is an enviable attribute during the summertime. But that tanned glow can have dangerous long-term effects. Over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated every year in the U.S., according to SkinCancer.org. Alarmingly, one person dies of melanoma every hour and an estimated 10,000 people will die of melanoma in 2016. In addition to the health risks, tanning's long-term beauty effects may include wrinkles, abnormal discoloration and an uneven skin tone.
Whether you're a Californian or visiting the West Coast, keep in mind that overexposure to the sun can have aesthetic repercussions and can lead to serious medical problems. Here's how to maintain healthy skin year-round in The Golden State or protect your skin from the West Coast sun during your Cali getaway.
Stand up paddling has exploded in popularity since the mid 2000s and has been growing fast in California. As this water activity continues to boom on beaches, sun protection awareness is crucial. Remember, you're directly beneath the sun's harmful UV rays while gliding along the ocean's surface. The "Paddlers Sun Protection Series" by SUP Magazine explains how not all sunscreens are created equal, what you need to know about sunscreen and common superfoods (like coffee, fish and cocoa) that help protect your skin from UV rays. SUP's final installment of its series lists apparel companies that offer clothing that is creatively designed to protect the skin with Ultraviolet Protection Factors.
Vinos have even more reason to celebrate. Aside from a more dignified buzz (than say, Coors Light), red wine is the "superdrink" of adult beverages. That glass of merlot or cabernet helps reduce your risk of cancer, boosts your brain, lowers cholesterol and protects your skin against the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.
A study from the University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council analyzed how wine consumption affects the skin and examined a chemical reaction of the skin once hit with UV rays. Researchers found that the compound flavonoid (found in grapes and grape derivatives) helps protect skin from UV radiation and its damaging effects.
Wearing sunscreen every day, particularly on your face, is a healthy best practice, especially for Californians who are exposed to sunshine year-round. Arielle Kauvar, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, recommends wearing sunscreen for the face because these types of sunscreens are formulated to accommodate the needs of different skin types.
Many facial sunscreens are oil-free (for acne-prone complexions), lighter (to be worn under makeup without greasiness) and non-fragrant (which can cause skin irritation). Consumer Reports recommends Avon Sun Face Lotion SPF 40 and Target’s Up & Up Ultra Sheer SPF 30. Elle also offers a 2016 list of the best SPF for every skin type.
Take your beauty sleep seriously and add skincare restoration as part of your nightly routine. In other words, apply skin protection by day and skin repair and revival by night. An intensive skincare restoration program such as Artistry's, which is offered by Amway, helps repair existing damage and defend against future damage. This program's secret ingredient is the restorative enzyme Ultrasomes that helps the skin naturally repair signs of damage caused by environmental assaults (such as the sun). Deep Night Action (part of the skincare restoration therapy) also contains UV-Endonuclease, which promotes recovery of the skin from sun damage. Along with helping to repair skin cells from UV rays, this restoration program soothes skin damage, improves skin clarity and the appearance of visible lines, reduces skin roughness and helps skin maintain that youthful glow.