Your Skin is In

by Katie Bogusz on January 25, 2017

On Tuesday January 31st from 2PM-5PM in the ECC lobby Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators are holding Free Facial Screenings offered by the Melanoma Foundation of New England.  The screening will allow you to see damage to your skin and will provide information on sun safety.  While there, take the pledge that you will love the skin you’re in and you’ll be entered to win a prize from the Melanoma Foundation of New England!  Read on to learn more about protecting yourself from the damage of UV rays.

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Sun Safety

Before you go outside put on broad spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 15.  Even in the snowy and cool weather you’re still susceptible to the sun’s rays!  Make sure to get all areas of exposed skin even areas that are harder to reach.  Remember to reapply throughout the day and check the expiration date of your sunscreen.  Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from cataracts and the areas surrounding your eyes from sun damage.  It’s important for the sunglasses you wear to have high quality lenses to protect from UVA and UVB rays.  Read the label of the sunglasses that you want to purchase to ensure that they block all UVA and UVB rays.

If you’re going outside for a long period of time, wear a hat.  A canvas hat works best because it protects your face, back of your neck, and ears.  Avoid straw hats because they have holes in them and if you wear a baseball hat don’t forget to protect your ears!  Even if you wear a hat outside in the sun make sure to still apply sunscreen.

Tanning Dangers 

Indoor tanning is never safe.  Whether it be a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp indoor tanning can cause skin cancers like melanoma and cancers of the eye (ocular melanoma).  Indoor tanning is not safer than outdoor tanning.  It can cause premature skin aging (wrinkles and age spots), changes in skin texture, and increase the rise of potentially blinding eye diseases if eye protection isn’t used.

Indoor tanning is designed to give you the highest levels of UV radiation in a short time which is why it is so dangerous.  Even if an indoor tanning booth doesn’t give you a burn and you get a tan instead it still indicates skin damage.  A base tan does not protect you from future sun damage.  According to the CDC “people who indoor tan are more likely to report getting sunburned”.  Indoor tanning isn’t a safe way to get Vitamin D, the best way to do so is through what you eat.

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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  Melanoma appears mainly in the form of black or brown moles and even pink, blue or white moles.  It is caused by UV exposure that is intense and does not have to be frequent but can happen occasionally.  When Melanoma is recognized in its early stages it is usually curable.  Although it is not the most common type of skin cancer, it is responsible for the most deaths.  Check out the picture above for some identifiable signs of Melanoma.

Join us for Your Skin Is In!

Remember on Tuesday January 31st from 2PM-5PM in the ECC lobby Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators will be offering free facial screenings thanks to the Melanoma Foundation of New England.  Come find out if your skin is damaged and receive information on sun safety!  If you’d like to learn more about the Melanoma Foundation of New England visit  http://mfne.org/ and to take their pledge visit http://mfne.org/ysii/skinpledgeform2017.php To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events at: my.bridgew.edu/OutreachEducation.

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