Myth number 1: Sunscreen is all I need
The use of sunscreen is just one of a number of skin protection measures you should use every day. According to dermatologists and medical experts, it should not be your primary form of protection and not your only one.
Below are some sun protective measures to help you protect your skin whilst enjoying the outdoors:
- Wear UPF50+ sun protective clothing that block UVA and UVB rays
- Wear a broad brim sun hat with a UPF50+ rating.
- Wear sunscreen with a SPF of 50+ on areas not covered by your UPF50+ clothing. Apply it 20 minutes before going out, and reapply every 2 hours. To be the most effective, it needs to be applied generously (thickly).
- Use water resistant sunscreen and reapply after swimming and perspiring.
- Wear sunglasses which block the UV rays.
Myth number 2: I have had a skin check before, so I will be OK in the future
Your skin is your largest organ and it changes with time. If you've had a skin check recently then good on you. You've done the right thing. But this means that you are ok at that particular point in time. A skin cancer or melanoma can appear at anytime. This is why frequent checks are preferable.
Myth number 3: My face needs the most sun protection
People often cover their face at the beach, but not the rest of their body. This is a big mistake as the most common site for melanomas for men occurs on their back and the legs for women. Your whole body needs protection from the sun.
Myth number 4: All melanoma skin cancer starts with a mole
Not all melanomas arise from a mole. Approximately 40% of melanomas arise out of pre-existing moles. Having a professional check your skin is essential as melanomas can also arise from unmarked skin.
Myth number 5: You can’t get skin cancer if you have dark skin
Well that's also incorrect. Did you know that Bob Marley died from melanoma on his toe? People with fair skin usually have a higher rate of skin cancer and are more at risk, but this clearly indicates that people all skin types need to protect their skin.
Myth number 6: I'm healthier with a tan
According to medical experts, tanning is skin cells in trauma and UV damaged. Skin cells produce melanin to protect themselves. The frightening thing is that one damaged skin cell can start a deadly melanoma growing.
Tanning can also lead to structural damage to the skin and cause burning and scaring in the short term and premature skin ageing, wrinkles and loose skin.
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This blog post is for information purpose only.
Getting to know your skin is probably the single most important thing you can do to help detect skin cancer symptoms. Check your moles regularly and keep a record of things popping up or growing on your skin.
If you notice any signs consistent with the list highlighted below that concern you or persist for two weeks, visit your doctor. There's a good chance that it's nothing - but why put it off? Early detection saves lives.
Modern sun protective clothing is produced from fabrics which are rated for their level of ultraviolet (UV) protection. This gives the fabrics their ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating.
A UPF is the rating used for Fabrics, whereas a SPF is the rating used for Sunscreen.
A rating of UPF50+ is the highest rating achievable on the market and blocks more than 98% of UV rays. All Solbari products are tested and rated UPF50+ in Australia.
Regular clothing such as a white cotton t-shirt or hat may only have a UPF of 5, equivalent to wearing SPF5 sunscreen.
We are delighted to announce that SOLBARI won for the second year a Healthy Skin Award presented by The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.
The Healthy Skin Awards are presented by The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. to individuals and organisations "who strive for excellence through the effective provision of skin health services and the promotion of skin health."