June 22, 2012

Protecting Your Face From the Sun

I have never been one for using face lotion, but I began to notice that even on a day when I was not outside sunning it up, my face continued to tan just from going outside everyday.  In the south, the sun shines all the time, so just going for a jog or playing catch with the kids in the yard hits my face and hands pretty hard.  The sun can do a lot of damage.

I got talking to an old guy some time back and he was getting stuff cut off his ears and face like it was no tomorrow.  This guy may have been a manly man but dang if that is the price of manliness than I'm not sure I want it.

WHAT SUN DAMAGE DOES.
It’s one thing for sure to be a young teenage sunning it up like your a piece of baked meat, but after a few years it’s time to slow down.  Most of the effects of skin changes we notice in our body are not from age, but are as a result from the sun.  For example, gradually the sun causes wrinkles, sagging and stretching.  The sun breaks down elastin in the skin fibers not allowing the skin to go back to its pre-stretched state.  After time the sun bruises and tears more easily, taking longer to heal.  Another sign of skin damage is that veins are more visible through the skin.  Discoloration of the skin to a darker pigment is also the sun at work changing your skin.  While getting a nice tan may give you an awesome look temporarily, it will hurt you later on.

THE C WORD.
There are three main types of skin cancer, uncontrolled growth of the abnormal skin cells, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma.  Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous make up the majority of the cases in the United States and is highly curable with early detection.  Where as Melanoma is more serious and causes 75% of all skin cancer related deaths.  It usually spreads to other organs if untreated.  Gradual sun damage over the years usually produces Basal Cell damage where as big sunburns before eighteen years old can lead to Melanoma later in life.

WHAT TDO.
While wearing hats or sunglasses are important, there is a huge portion of our life we spend in the sun going to and from the office, standing outside talking to our neighbour, or taking a walk with your wife after dinner.  What you need is a daily regimen that protects gradual sun damage.  Get in the habit of starting your day with a men's face lotion that contains SPF.  I personally use Neutrogena Men Face Lotion with SPF 20 daily on both my face and hands.  It is a combined moisturizer (to help with the damage we have already done) and sunscreen (to protect against future damage). Recently, Neutrogena released one with SPF 
50.  This is great for the days you know you will see a lot of sun exposure. Although the cost may see a bit high, when you factor in how much it will save you later in medical bills...I think it is a no brainer.

While it may be kind off sissy to concern yourself with these things, I think that it might be more sissy for family members to have to drive you to the doctors constantly because your having your face cut apart.  Be a man.  Take responsibility for your health now.

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