Since the warmer months are on the horizon or already in full swing, it means sun protection is an important part of one’s daily regimen this season. The easiest way to get sun protection is to put on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Recently, the University of Colorado Cancer Center did some research where they showed some teenagers two videos about UV exposure. One video showed the cancer risks with UV exposure and the other video showed how UV rays cause wrinkles and premature aging.
Beauty Over Health Risks
The researchers went to different high schools and recruited 50 students for the Sun Protection Education study groups. Prior to the research, students filled out different questionnaires that asked their knowledge about UV protection and sun-protective habits. There were two types of videos the researchers showed: one video was about the health risks of UV rays and the other video was about wrinkles and premature aging caused by UV rays. The researchers split the students into two groups: group one saw the health risk themed video and the other group saw the beauty related video. After six weeks, the students were brought back for another set of questionnaires that “showed the knowledge they retained and changes in sun-protective behaviors.” The researchers found that they “didn’t see any difference in teenagers’ knowledge – no matter if they had watched the health-based or appearance-based video,” basically both groups retained the same information. Out of the two groups, it was the group who watched the appearance based video that had an increase in the use of sunscreen. It was concluded that in order to get teenagers to use more sunscreen, the researchers had to use the message that highlighted on appearance rather than health.
Importance of Taking Care of One’s Skin
With UV rays getting stronger, it is important to take care of the skin inside and out. The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is often neglected when it comes to sun protection everyday. At Dr. Angelchik’s practice, we offer skin care services that are sure to give you a glowing complexion. If you want to pamper your skin, contact Dr. Angelchik’s office for an appointment.