Music Monday – Wear Sunscreen!

Originally, I was just going to make a post about using sunscreen since Memorial Day weekend is coming up and that is the traditional launching point for public pools and water parks around the country.  Then I was going to link in this video as an extra.  Instead, this video is going to be my Music Monday post with lots of extra, useful information on sunscreen. The video for Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) is below the sunscreen info.
Here’s a link to an article on sunscreen use and the benefit (or not) of the über high SPFs: http://fxn.ws/113DbOF.
Below are excerpts from the article for those not interested in reading the whole thing.
Excerpts on SPF numbers:

“Most people really don’t need more than an SPF 30 and they should reapply it every couple of hours.” Berwick says sunscreen should be used in combination with hats, clothing and shade, which provide better protection against ultraviolet radiation.

The SPF number indicates the amount of sun exposure needed to cause sunburn on sunscreen-protected skin compared with unprotected skin. For example, a SPF rating of 30 means it would take the person 30 times longer to burn wearing sunscreen than with exposed skin.

There is a popular misconception that the SPF figure relates to a certain number of hours spent in the sun. However this is incorrect, since the level of exposure varies by geography, time of day and skin complexion.

Excerpts on spray-on products:

The FDA is also reviewing the safety of effectiveness of spray-on products, which use different formulations from other sun-protection solutions. Among other concerns, the agency is looking at whether the sprays can be harmful when inhaled.

“People like the sprays because they are quick to put on and cover a lot of area,” said Dr. Darrell Rigel, a dermatologist in New York.  “The downside is that you usually have to apply two coats.”

And a paragraph about skin cancer:

More than 76,000 men and women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and 9,480 are expected to die from the aggressive form of skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. The disease, which is often linked to ultraviolet exposure, is usually curable when detected early.

Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) by Baz Luhrmann

(released 1999; peaked: #45 US Hot 100, #1 UK & Ireland)

Don’t worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying
is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday

[…]

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can
Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own
dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room
Read the directions even if you don’t follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly

This spoken-word song incorporates the majority of the essay “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” by Mary Schmich, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997.  The advice Ms. Schmich provided in her essay was fantastic and almost sixteen years later, it’s still relevant and spot on.

 

I know this focus of this Music Monday is about sunscreen and it’s importance, but I’m also going to throw this info about Vitamin D into the mix.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends 600IU of Vitamin D daily as a generic number for people between 1 year old and 70 years of age and 800IU for those 70 and older.  According to a HealthCentral.com slideshow, just 15 minutes of sun exposure can provide 20,000IU.  I’m sure that number is when exposed without sunscreen.  In fact, the NIH goes into much more depth in their discussion of Vitamin D and how much is blocked by sunscreen, clouds, and windows on their Vitamin D Factsheet:  http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/.

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