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Like most people, you probably missed the sun this winter. To make up for lost time, you might be thinking about dozing under its warm rays in the hopes of getting a lovely, sun-kissed glow. But think twice…
While the sun feels marvellous, it also emits harmful, cancer-causing rays called UVAs and UVBs. UVAs penetrate the dermis – the skin’s deep layer – and damage its elastin fibres and collagen. This results in premature aging of the skin. UVBs affect the top layers of the skin – the epidermis – causing sunburns. As for skin cancer, UVBs are recognized as its number one cause, while UVAs have also been found to be a contributing factor.
Tanning is the result of contact with UVB rays, which cause the darkening and thickening of the epidermis. It’s actually skin’s defence mechanism against UVBs. In other words, being tanned means that your skin cells have been damaged and this increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
You can still take full advantage of the summer season. You just need to adequately protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Here are a few tips:
If you have questions about sun protection and sunscreen products available at the pharmacy, speak with your family pharmacist or beauty consultant.
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