You Should Aggressively Protect Your Eyes and Skin From The Sun: Natural Remedies

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Choosing the right pair of sunglasses and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun are essential to protect your eyes and skin from damage. Here are also some natural remedies that can help with sunburn.

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A sunny summer day seems so alluring for people seeking some fun and relaxation that they often fail to take the time to consider how horribly dangerous the sun can be to their eyes and skin. It is essential to protect your eyes and skin from overexposure to the sun to avoid damage.

Extensive sun exposure is associated with a 4 percent chance of developing eye damage

Although a large majority of harmful radiation from the sun is absorbed by the atmosphere, skin burns and damage to the eyes can result from the remaining ultraviolet rays which reach the surface of the Earth. Asociación RUVID reports there is a 4 percent chance of developing alterations in the lens of the eye from extensive exposure to the sun. There is a decrease in such complications if you wear a good pair of sunglasses.

It has been stressed by the researchers from the University of Alicante's Department of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy, that using approved sunglasses from 10 to 4pm can lower the risk of alterations in the lens of the eye by about 2 percent. It is important to make certain sunglasses adhere to safety standards. When in doubt about the quality of sunglasses it is a good idea to ask for help from an optician or optometrist since they are so important for your visual health.

In the European system of regulations UV filters are classified into five categories which range from 0 to 4. It is important to understand what filter category is best for you when you are buying sunglasses. For driving a category 1, 2 or 3 filter lens is good. A category 4 may interfere with your ability to perceive traffic signs correctly. However, if you are going to be in the water or in the mountains, where there is a much stronger reflection of light, protection level 4 is advisable.

Ultraviolet radiation has an accumulation effect on eye damage

There is an accumulation effect from damage to the eyes from ultraviolet radiation. Problems due to overexposure to the sun can sometimes be seen in the photoreceptors in the retina. The eye damage can lead to progressively poorer vision, macular degeneration, or even the onset of pterygion, which is a condition where tissues invade the cornea. This is often called Surfer’s Eye.

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The majority of people also are not protecting their skin properly from the sun according to experts from the Universidad de Alicante. The Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology says in Spain alone there are about 4,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year. It is important to avoid excessive sun exposure and to protect the skin from the sun with at least an SPF 30 sunscreen.

Treatment and prognosis varies greatly with different types of skin cancer. The most aggressive form of skin tumor is melanoma. However non-melanoma skin tumors which include squamous and basal cell carcinoma are seen ten times more often and they have relatively low malignancy. Nevertheless even though melanoma accounts for just 4 percent of all skin cancers, this aggressive variety of skin cancer causes 80 percent of deaths from skin cancer.

There has been an increased incidence of skin cancers worldwide

It is of great concern that there has been an increased incidence of skin cancers across the world in recent decades, including melanoma, which are associated with sun exposure. In order to pick up the early symptoms of skin cancer self-examination and clinical examinations by primary care professionals are important. A wound that does not heal or new spots appearing on the skin are among the first warning signs of skin cancer.

It is strongly encouraged by the University of Alicante Clinical Research Nursing Group that prolonged exposure to the sun be avoided to prevent skin cancers and premature aging. It is suggested that you should begin sunbathing gradually and try to avoid peak hours which are from 11 am to 4 pm. Along with sunscreen, caps, umbrellas, shirts, and approved sunglasses can be used for natural protection from the sun.

Extra caution must be taken to protect young people and children from overexposure to the sun

Young people and children are particularly vulnerable to overexposure from the sun. They should always be protected with high sunscreen, between SPF 30 and SPF 50 which should be applied 30 minutes before exposure. The sunscreen should be reapplied regularly after bathing or sweating. And drinking a lot of water to prevent dehydration is essential. Children who are under 6 months of age should always be kept in the shade with proper clothing to protect them from solar radiation.

Clearly it should be remembered to always be cautious about overexposure to the sun. The risk for damage to the eyes or skin from the sun should never be under-estimated. You can enjoy a naturally healthy lifestyle in the environment only if these considerations are kept in mind.

Natural remedies can help with a sunburn

Mayo Clinic
offers some good suggestions of natural remedies to help alleviate the pain and discomfort of a sunburn if you fail to protect yourself properly from the sun. Cool compresses over your skin or a cool shower should help. Aloe vera lotion or gel should also help ease the discomfort. You should also drink a lot of fluids, particularly water, to help with the dehydration that occurs with a sunburn. This will help speed up your body's recovery. Also of course make certain you take extra precautions to protect your skin and your eyes when you are outside again.

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Someone who reads an article like this would probably think that sun exposure is increasing dramatically. The fact is, that sun exposure had decreased profoundly in the past 100 years and continues to decrease. In that same 100 years, melanoma has increased by at least 3,000%. Is there a disconnect here? As sunscreen use and sun avoidance has increased, so has the risk of melanoma. LEARN THE FACTS! If one avoids the sun at midday, almost no vitamin D is produced. At midday, up to 20,000 IU is produced. Vitamin D is essential for human health, and so are endorphin, serotonin and nitric oxide. Sun avoidance is a disaster. Safe sun exposure is associated with dramatically reduced risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression. Also, children who avoid the sunlight are several times as likely to develop myopia as children who play outdoors in the sunlight. Normal eye shape requires sunlight. Some other facts for you: People in Europe, who are wealthier and apply lots of sunscreens, have a much higher risk of melanoma than those who are poorer and work outdoors without much sunscreen. Women who totally avoid sun have an increased breast cancer risk of 1,000% compared to those who seek the sun. Their risk of osteoporotic fracture also is increased by 1,100%. People who work outdoors have about half the risk of melanoma as those who work indoors. Don't miss the positive effects of sun exposure. Just be safe while you do it. If you begin to turn red, you have had enough. Don't burn, but don't avoid the sun. You are taking a huge risk with your health if you do. Sunshine is a healer.