The sun poses more problems then we probably care to consider.
We all love to be out in it but we may be
ignoring its potential for damaging our skin.
Most women with light skin tones, light hair
and blue, green or gray eyes know from
experience that they must protect themselves.
We have heard the warnings before from our mothers and we
have been informed about the dangerous consequences of too
much sun: premature aging of the skin that causes wrinkling,
freckling, prominent blood vessels and coarsening of skin texture.
These conditions can lead to the formation of
pre-cancerous growths and an increased risk
of developing skin cancer, especially later in life.
However, it seems that we have not heard enough about
how to protect intermediate or darker skin types.
What should métisse women do to protect their skin?
Well, remember that just because you are olive skinned
or brown skinned with medium to dark eyes does not
mean that one should forget about sun protection ... still
need to know about protecting your skin from the sun.
Métisse Magazine Online had an interview with noted
dermatologist Dr. Stanley B. Levy in order to get the facts.
Dr. Levy is a private physician as well as a clinical
professor of dermatology at the University
of North Carolina School of Medicine.
He says that the main preventive strategy that doctors
are promoting these days is the use of sunscreens to
cut down on the harmful effects of the sun's rays.
He warns that although people with fairer or lighter skin are
generally more sun sensitive, people with darker skin tones
can still see adverse effects from the sun in the long term.
People with intermediate skin tones will notice that when they
develop other skin problems, eczema or other skin inflammations,
it may happen that when these begin to heal that young women
may find increased pigmentation in the affected areas.
This could apply to common acne lesions on
the face as well as other parts of the body.
All these kinds of discolorations are aggravated by sun exposure.
This happens in our youth but the results will
present themselves as we move toward middle age.
In addition, métisse women should be aware that the
issue of irregular pigmentation, where the skin is both
lighter and darker, will be aggravated by the sun's
ultraviolet light but not necessarily caused by it.
"Drugs, like antibiotics such as tetracycline or sulfa
drugs, birth control pills or blood pressure medicine
can add to the sensitivity your skin has to the sun
or be the catalyst for irregular pigmentations.
This can happen no matter what the skin type," adds Levy.
Therefore, Dr. Levy suggests "it is important to find a
sunscreen that fits your skin type and to become faithful to it.
They can be used as a moisturizer under makeup, or use
stick forms for lips or waterproof versions for use on
the beach, boat or around the pool." Dr. Levy adds,
"Remember, when it comes to the sunthe tan
may fade but the damage you incur from too
much sun in your youth remains forever."