Are Sunscreens Passé?

UV rays from the sun and skin cancers have always been interlinked. A lot of research has been done to assess if taking precautionary measures like using sunscreen, wearing hats and sunglasses or staying in the shade are effective in preventing – or at least reduce the risk – of being struck by skin cancer. One such study was undertaken by a team of medical professionals led by Dr Ingrid Arevalo-Rodriguez and Dr Guillermo Sanchez of the Instituto de Evaluacion Technologica in Bogota, Columbia.

First, they narrowed their focus on cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell which make up the majority of cases related to skin cancer. Second, they zeroed in on trials that randomly assigned members of the public to use sunscreen or others form of protection. Third, they excluded melanoma – the rarer and deadlier type of skin cancer.

More Study And Data Needed

The team found just one study which was done in Australia that met all three of their established parameters whereby 1600 people were monitored for over a period of four years. The results showed that there wasn’t a substantive rise in the number of new skin cancer cases among those who had not been using sunscreen daily or occasionally. 

Nevertheless, dermatologists like Dr Laura Ferris from the University of Pittsburgh stressed that the “lack of evidence does not mean that sun protection has no impact” on mitigating the risk of skin cancer but its impact is difficult to determine. Moreover, it can take decades before abnormalities on the skin caused by sun damage are detected.

Which is why Dr David Leffell, a skin cancer researcher at Yale School of Medicine, emphasized the importance of practicing sun-safe habits such as putting on sunscreens before heading outdoors. “The scientific facts are inescapable — regular use of sun protection reduces skin cancer and cancer precursors,” Leffell said. Moreover, there’s already an abundant body of medical evidence documenting that ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause melanoma and skin cancer.

Limitations Of Sunscreens

Research has shown that applying sunblock lotion does not provide sufficient and reliable all-day protection skin exposed to the sun. First, most of us tend to apply only a quarter of the recommended level which inevitably leads to limited protection for the skin. Second, even if sufficiently applied, the sunblock lotion will wear off after a few hours due to sweating or rubbing against clothing. So repeated applications are required throughout the period when one is outdoors to ensure that the skin has continuous protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Oral Suncare Can Boost Skin Strength

Taking dietary supplements such as Ceramiracle’s INVI-SUN Skin Defense Supplement can help boost your skin’s resilience. Powered by NutroxSun from Spain – a skin protective complex containing a proprietary extraction of grapefruit and rosemary that is clinically studied to improve skin resistance to UV damage – INVI-SUN also boasts powerful antioxidants with photoprotective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
With regular consumption, its one-a-day capsule formula enables skin to withstand up to 56% more UV rays without burning, reduces skin redness, and nurtures brighter and clearer skin.

Let’s Go Natural!

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