Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Sun Damage Evidence

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 14, 2012 ][ In Fitness Tips, For new Mom's ]

Sometimes you have to scare people to get their attention.  People don’t want to work at improving their health or change their habits for the better.  Why give up cigarettes?  Why exercise?  I’d rather plop on the couch in front of the TV all night.  I like eating as much as I want, even if it’s enough for a cow.  And on and on….

 

But I keep waving my arms and yelling about good health, hoping someone out there will listen.  Today I have the perfect ammo to scare people with – a picture.  This picture is the perfect example of why you need to use sunscreen every day.  This picture was featured on the news last week and it paints a graphic image of just how much damage the sun can do.  The man in the unaltered photo was a truck driver for 28 years and you can see how the sun streaming in the window has dramatically damaged the left side of his face.  Constant exposure to the sun’s rays causes a thickening of the skin as well as a loss of elasticity (wrinkles).  Of course you know that the sun can also cause skin cancer but you’d like to ignore that fact.

 

 

If nothing else, let vanity rule and wear sunscreen every day, 365 days a year.  Limit your exposure to the sun by avoiding the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is the strongest.  Wear protective clothing such as a hat or sit under an umbrella at the pool or beach.  Don’t think a tanning bed is safer; my niece found out the hard way as she has had two skin cancers cut out already by age 35.  (BTW, she is dark complected, dark eyes and hair, not fair skinned.)  She was happy they weren’t the deadly kind of skin cancer.  Don’t think getting a “base tan” will protect you – it’s all skin damage.  If you must sport some color, try tanning creme, wipes or the spray on version.  There has been some controversy about the safety of these methods lately but nothing definite yet.  If you notice any changes on your skin that don’t go away, have them checked out by a physician.  There are many products with sunscreen these days so find something you don’t mind wearing.  Many lotions, skin creams and even makeup have sunscreen so there is bound to be an acceptable version for you.

 

I wear a tinted sunscreen on my face every day.  I have worn sunscreen for years and stayed out of the sun.  I was a bit ahead of my time as most of my peers laid out for hours for that deep dark Hawaiian tan.  I am 50 years old and have never had any cosmetic procedures such as Botox, only the occasional facial.  What do you think of my skin?  Do I look younger or older than 50?  I’d like to point out that we go to the beach every year, I swim and ride my horse and I’m not a vampire who only comes out at night.  In the photo, I am not wearing makeup and you can see some brown spots on my nose caused by the sun.

 

 

I hope you parents will show this to your teens.  They probably won’t listen but they are all about vanity.  If you have young children, please protect them from the sun as much as you can.

Upadated on June 14, 2012


2 Responses to “Sun Damage Evidence”

  1. Audrey says:

    I appreciate this article. My Dad had to have some pre-cancerous lesions removed from his forehead. The doctor told him he should be wearing sunscreen every time he left the house. I have the same very fair skin and reddish blonde hair. We’ve been to the Caribbean twice and nobody in my family has gotten burned. We wear SPF clothing and SPF 50 sunscreen. It’s so important!

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