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Summer Sun Safety Tips

Do you love the wonders of summer but want to protect yourself and your family from harmful effects of the sun?

Here are a few summertime tips--some you've heard before and some may be new to you.

1. Don't get burned (DUH!).

  • Use sun protection in the hot sun.
  • Make sure it's a sunblock, not a chemical sunscreen.
  • Use it when you need it, but not when you don't--wash it off and let your skin breathe when you come inside.
  • Block the sun with SPF clothing or a special SPF hat, when you can.

2. Avoid sun during the hottest midday hours, but don't avoid all sun exposure.

  • Research has shown that indoor workers are at greater risk of melanoma skin cancer than outdoor workers, and that people who work in jobs that have indoor and outdoor components are at the lowest risk of melanoma, the least prevalent (11% of all cases of skin cancer) but most deadly (73% of all skin cancer deaths) of the skin cancers.
  • Patients with early stage melanoma who've had more sun exposure have been shown to have a lower risk of dying from melanoma.
  • Increasing solar UV exposure has been shown to decrease the risk of more than a dozen different forms of cancer.
  • If you avoid all sun exposure, either from staying indoors or blocking the sun, you may be missing out on the health and mood benefits of sunshine.

3. Support your skin's natural immune function.

  • As an essential part of skin regeneration when trauma has taken place, Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) attracts cells to a wound site in order to begin the repair process. This vital protein is released by platelets during the inflammation stage of healing, then attracts cells to the injured area. These responsive cells (known as osteoblasts) process EGF, speeding up wound-healing, allowing the skin to repair itself evenly and quickly.
  • The production of natural EGF significantly slows when ultraviolet (UV) light is present, hindering the body’s ability to repair itself. There is evidence that chemical sunscreens may further hinder EGF production. Because the skin is constantly subjected to UV rays during the daylight hours, it's important to support EGF production with known immune-stimulants aloe vera and beta glucan.

4. Apply NovAurora Repairing & Toning Lotion to all affected areas of your skin.

All of NovAurora's products are rich in organic aloe vera and contain healthy doses of beta glucan. Our Repairing & Toning Lotion, however, is specifically designed to support EGF production and strengthen the skin's natural immune system. The same serum that is great for toning the skin, minimizing pores, de-puffing under eyes, helping prevent acne, and is such a great after-shave, also works wonders after sun and on sunburn. Apply liberally as often as needed.

 

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