(CARLSBAD, CA) – Do you consider yourself sun savvy? You wear a hat when gardening outdoors. You don your sunglasses when taking your kids to the park. And you never, ever leave the house without lathering on sunscreen. That’s enough, right?
As it turns out, some of the newest means to ward-off skin cancer may surprise you. Eating blueberries, working up a sweat, and regular exfoliation are just a few of the new tactics proclaimed by sun experts to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Take a look at these late-breaking shields of armor in the battle against skin cancer. Perhaps there are a few new habits that you can incorporate into your daily life to keep you safe in the sun.
Boost-up the antioxidants – Start your day off with a handful of blueberries on your oatmeal. Believe it or not, antioxidants actually help your body to defend itself against the damage of UV rays.
Exercise – If sexy, summer shoulders and flat abs weren’t enough motivation to work up a sweat, add this reason to the mix. Exercise can actually ward-off skin cancer. Rutgers University researchers report that regular exercise makes us 32 percent less likely to develop tumors related to UVB rays. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests exercising a minimum of 30 minutes on most days of the week for real results.
Nix the Self-Tanner – Self-tanners may give your skin a bronze glow, but they do nothing to protect you from the sun. In fact, self-tanners can actually increase sun damage. One German study reveals that applying self-tanner increases your absorption of dangerous free radicals by 180 percent! If you find it impossible to ditch your self-tanner, then at least apply it before bedtime. The negative effects of self-tanner lessen over time, so applying it a full twelve hours before encountering the sun’s rays can make a big difference.
Exfoliate – Dead skin cells build up a barrier, making it difficult for sunscreen to penetrate into your skin. Help your sunscreen to do its job by sloughing off dead skin with regular exfoliation.
Eat Leafy Greens – Looks like Popeye had the right idea after all. Eating a diet rich in leafy greens can actually lower your risk for contracting cutaneous melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Mediterranean-diet foods, such as leafy greens, are jammed with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which fight off the cancerous cells.
While these methods for preventing skin cancer are important, don’t ever forget the golden, sun-kissed rule. Use sunscreen! Use the amount of one shot glass to cover your body. Apply about 30 minutes prior to heading out, so that your sunscreen has time to absorb. Then, reapply every two hours.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. For more than 40 years, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive fitness program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.