When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, the fun of a parade, lots of food, drinks and wearing green comes to mind. I also think of all of my red-headed friends, some of Irish decent and some that aren’t. Researchers a the University of Edinburgh believe that the first red hair emerged as a hair color around 18,000 B.C. People with red-hair are more likely to have fairer more sensitive skin and freckles, all of which make someone more likely to develop to skin cancer. Sensitive skin occurs because your skin is thinner than other people’s, placing your nerves and blood vessels closer to the outermost layer of your skin. More eye-opening is that red-heads may be more susceptible to skin cancer even if they wear sunscreen daily. It has been discovered that the sun’s UV light affects different colors of skin pigment differently. The reason is that melanin pigments that appear to encourage cell oxidation are the type that cause cancerous cell mutations. Researchers at Duke University tested red melanin pigments and black melanin pigments. The red melanin encouraged oxidation, while the black melanin discouraged. So, people with red-hair and fair sensitive skin have to take be smarter and more aware of their sun protection.
Red-heads are more likely to get sunburned. Protect yourself worry-free with some UV Skinz!
Avoid drying and irritation by buying products without:
- Products that contain alcohol, fragrances or artificial colors.
- Essential oils and alpha-hydroxy acids
8 Sun-Protection Tips every red-head needs to know:
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or more 30 minutes before you go outdoors.
- Cover exposed parts.
- Re-apply every 2 hours.
- Use a lip balm and face moisturizer with an SPF.
- Seek shade, especially between the peak sun hours of 10am-4pm.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Protect your eyes with uv-protective sunglasses.
- Wear uv-protective clothing!