Your sunscreen may not prevent sun damage as effectively as you think.
Studies have reported some grim statistics about skin cancer, showing that its prevalence has doubled in the last 20 years. Why is skin cancer so common these days? Don’t worry, Detective David is here to save the day again. Here’s what the skincare industry doesn’t want you to know.
Is Sunscreen BAD for You? (This Is How It CAN Be Dangerous for You!)
Plenty of people make the mistake of thinking that you only need to wear sunscreen in the summertime. The truth is, sun damage to skin can actually be worse in the winter time — UV rays from the sun can hit you directly and then bounce off the snow and hit you again. You ski-bunnies out there especially need to protect your skin from the sun, because UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes!
So how does sunscreen work and how does it protect us?
Essentially, the sun puts out two types of rays — UV-A and UV-B. UV-A rays are the ones that penetrate into our skin more deeply and are believed to be responsible for long term skin damage, like sun damage spots and cancer. UV-B rays are the ones that burn our skin.
What does the SPF in sunscreen stand for, and what does the number next to it mean? The SPF (stands for “sun protection factor”) in sunscreen is as measure of how much longer you can be in the sun than you could have without any sunscreen. For instance, an SPF 50 sunscreen will let you be exposed to the sun for 15 times longer without getting sunburnt.
The dangers of sunscreen: FDA approved?
Did you know that SPF 50 sunscreen and higher can’t be effectively tested to see how well they protect us from sun damage?
Another little industry secret is that the SPF in sunscreen only rates protection from UV-B rays. That means no matter how often you’re applying sunscreen, you’re not protecting yourself from UV-A rays– the ones that cause serious long term skin damage. There is currently no rating for UV-A protection, but using a waterproof, broad spectrum sunscreen is likely the safest way to go.
Now we come to my biggest pet peeve in the beauty industry — FDA issues.
The 2011 FDA rules allow sunscreen lotion brands to claim their product can decrease the risk of skin cancer. But of course, since we just learned that sunscreen doesn’t completely protect your skin from the sun’s cancer-causing UV-A rays, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that there is little evidence to support that.
Even worse, there is some evidence that for some people, sunscreen can cause cancer — though this might be because of user error. Many people get a false sense of security when they slather on the highest SPF sunscreen they could find in the store — they’re not very likely to reapply. As a South Floridian, I can say that I’ve seen people make this mistake countless times.
European sunscreen brands have over 60% more formula options than we do in the US. The ingredients used in Europe have been shown to protect up to five times better. Makers stateside have been waiting years for FDA approval to use those same combinations.
Prevent sun damage — the right way
Once you understand what is in sunscreen to protect the skin and its limitations, you are in the powerful position to keep yourself and your family protected — not just through the summer months, but throughout your lifetimes.
Remember that every time your purchase a particular sunscreen brand, you’re sending a message. Do your research and only buy what is best for you and your family. Once you’ve figured that part out – get out there and have some fun!
Weight loss plans are hard work, and many of us aren’t even doing them correctly. I know a person who spends hours working out almost every day – six days a week. He has been doing this weight loss program for the last 60 days and has not lost a single pound. How is that possible? The answer is quite simple – he never changed his diet!
Does Healthy Junk Food Exist? (Eating Sweet Snacks on a DIET?!)
When it comes to looking good and feeling good, healthy eating plays an important role. Most of us have some healthy habits — we can manage to figure out a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Where almost everyone falls off track is mastering the fine art of snacking.
Making the transition to eating healthy doesn’t have to be so difficult. I know I have a sweet tooth, but I have a list of some healthy foods to eat that will satisfy your cravings without adding to your waistline. I have learned that if I have healthy junk food on-hand, it helps me get through the day and keeps me away from the drive-thru or vending machine.
Banana chips dipped in dark chocolate
This is the epitome of healthy junk food — chocolate and fruit. Bananas are packed with Vitamin A, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients, and they’re a great source of slow-release healthy carbs to keep you feeling energized for longer. Dark chocolate is one of the best and tastiest sources of antioxidants a person can have if it’s at least 70% cocoa.
Fruit and yogurt parfait
Do-it-yourself yogurt is especially good for healthy living because store-bought yogurt is loaded with sugar. It’s easy, and you can make your yogurt however you like!
Use the fruits and yogurts you like most, and why not add some of your favorite nuts (especially almonds and walnuts for healthy fats) while you’re at it! The vitamins and minerals in fruits and nuts are great for you, the yogurt is loaded with vitamins and calcium and studies have shown that yogurt can help reduce belly fat!
Low-fat chocolate milk
This healthy junk food choice is simple – it’s got chocolate! The milk is full of calcium and vitamins and will help fill you up. As long as it’s low fat, you don’t need to feel too guilty about it!
Are you on a low-fat diet but craving a warm slice of apple pie? Ditch the crust and just bake ½ an apple for a few minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg after you pull it out of the oven. To add healthy fats to this dish, you can grate some nuts on top.
If you’re eating healthy but craving something sweet, a fat-free pudding cup filled with fruit or sliced nuts (or both) can be a great snack. The pudding will help you mentally feel satisfied and fruit and nuts will boost the health factor!
Fruit and almond butter
Not exactly a healthy junk food, but it sure tastes like it!
Slice up a sweet fruit, like a pear or a Honeycrisp apple and top it with a teaspoon of almond butter. This snack usually clocks in at just under 200 calories and has enough natural sugars and proteins to keep you going through the day.
Eating healthy is great, but let’s be honest. Sometimes you just want a candy or some ice cream and nothing else is going to satisfy that sweet tooth. When that happens don’t get too discouraged – you can use your healthy habits to keep things low calorie.
Lots of companies are releasing snack sized packs that contain 150 calories or less. The frozen section of your local grocery will almost certainly have low-calorie frozen treats. The trick to this is making sure that you read the labels and stick to the correct serving size!
Eat sweet and be healthy!
Remember — healthy living is the key to lasting weight loss. Small changes here and there are what make a real difference in your life over time. Replacing a chocolate bar, Twinkie, cupcake, etc. with one of these healthier tasty options can be an easy step towards a healthier you!