The summer sun and its ill effects

My mother is a moderate, sensible and lovely person. She’s a great communicator, is careful judge of character and approaches life simply and responsibly. She eats very well. Her diet includes lots of vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, grains and fruit. She eats fish and meat but doesn’t do so that often. She walks often and for long periods of time and has remained fit, lean and disease free for all of her 57 yrs.

There is one thing she does that drives me a bit crazy (well there are others, but for the sake of this article…). She is not moderate about skin care and sunscreen use; she’s a serial applier and a great believer in the stuff. Her concern about skin diseases caused by UV rays is rather surprising coming from such a moderate and reasoned person, and yet, perhaps my impression of her as such a hypochondriac when it comes to skin care is stubborn and naive. Excessive time spent under the warming rays of the sun are unhealthy. Yes, there’s vitamin D to be had, and that’s good, however, the UV rays remain something we should all be concerned about. And so, I think, that perhaps I’m the one who’s crazy not to give my skin the care it needs.

Recently, an American truck driver has been in the news for having a face that very clearly revealed the impact of the sun on our skins. Having sat for hours in the driver’s seat of trucks, the left side of his face received quantitatively higher levels of exposure than the right side of his face did. And look at what happened:

I mention this, because an article appears in the NYtimes today about taking sun exposure more seriously.

It’s worth reading:

Slathering on sunscreen, early and often, by JANE E. BRODY

Sorry buddy, NOT funny…

Don’t underestimate the dangers of sun exposure.

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