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Which? issues water-resistant sun creams warning

Which? has found that the protection offered by popular water resistant sun creams plummets in conditions replicating swimming pools and the sea. We tested water-resistance claims made by two popular sun creams and found that the sun protection factor (SPF) dropped by up to 59% after 40 minutes in salt water. Water-resistance claims are made on the majority of sun protection products, yet our findings expose serious flaws in the current testing regime. As well as looking into water-resistance claims, we checked the SPF and UVA of 15 popular sun creams.

‘Safe’ Tanners Who Use Sprays and Lotions Less Likely to Get Tattoos and Piercings than Frequent Sunbathers and Tanning Bed Users

People who often sunbathe or use tanning beds are more likely to try risky weight-loss methods and have cosmetic surgery, as well as get tattoos and piercings. But while people who seldom tan also may try unsafe diets and cosmetic surgery, they rarely opt for tattoos or piercings, according to a Baylor University study.

Tanning with Coca Cola has dangerous consequences, warn experts

The latest viral beauty trend to emerge online comes with potentially very dangerous consequences, experts have warned. Some consumers have taken to using Coca Cola to help enhance their tan while sunbathing, believing the fizzy drink will give skin a caramel hue and accelerate a tan when activated by the sun.

UV pictures show 10% face missed when applying sun cream

Researchers from the University of Liverpool found people fail to put sun cream on a tenth of their face – even though more than 90% of skin cancer cases occur on the head or neck in the UK. We've all heard the warnings: excessive sun exposure damages our skin and can lead to skin cancer. But it's easy enough to not pay too much attention to the advice if you can't really see the negative effects with your naked eye. So consider these pictures your wake-up call.

How a small molecule can induce UV-free tanning

Ultraviolet (UV) rays and sun exposure have been suggested to cause skin cancer, and it is commonly accepted that these rays damage the skin.New research, however, may have found a way to pigment the skin without any UV exposure.

Sunscreen may cause vitamin D deficiency, says study

Sunscreen is considered key when it comes to protecting against skin damage. A new study, however, suggests that there may be a significant drawback to using sunscreen: it could lead to vitamin D deficiency. Researchers suggest that unprotected exposure to midday sun for up to 30 minutes twice per week may help to boost and maintain vitamin D levels.

Tanning devices cost US healthcare $343 million a year

New study says indoor tanning-related skin cancers contribute significantly to early deaths. Tanning devices cost the US $343.1 million a year in medical costs because of the skin cancers their use is associated with, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cancer Policy. In the new study, Dr. Hugh Waters and his colleagues from the University of North Carolina established how prevalent indoor tanning-related skin cancers are in the US, and calculated the costs of these diseases.

Comparing beach umbrella vs SPF 100 sunscreen to protect beachgoers from sun

How did sun protection compare for people who spent 3½ hours on a sunny beach with some under an umbrella and others wearing SPF 100 sunscreen?

Sun exposure at work could lead to one skin cancer death a week

Working in the sun could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week, according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer. Construction workers had the highest number of deaths (44 per cent of deaths), followed by agriculture workers (23 per cent of deaths).

Mother`s pictures will make you never want to go on a sunbed again

A woman who tanned to `look good` has shared the harmful effects of the sun and sunbeds. Margaret Murphy has been giving daily updates of the treatment she has received to remove pre-cancerous cells from her face.

Experts reveal why products that give you golden glow could be damaging your skin

Fake tans contain an ingredient that reacts with your skin's outer layer. Experts say the reaction causes oxidative stress, which may lead to lines, wrinkles and sagging by damaging the skin. Nothing makes a woman feel as sexy as a slimming, golden tan. And owing to awareness of the harm caused by the sun's UV rays, fake tan and its just-back-from-the-Med glow have never been more popular.

New sunscreen compound protects against UVA-induced skin aging, cancer - Medical News Today

While ultraviolet A radiation in sunlight can cause significant harm to the skin, the majority of sunscreens on the market offer limited protection against such damage. But this could change; researchers have identified a compound that they say can shield against ultraviolet A-induced cell damage, skin aging, and skin cancer.

Almost half of highly rated sunscreens do not meet AAD guidelines

New research finds that while consumers rate sunscreens that absorb well and smell nice most highly, many of these products do not adhere to American Academy of Dermatology guidelines. Skin cancer is currently the most common cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans could develop skin cancer in their lifetime

Clarisonic Releases Study Proving That Sunscreen Removal is More Effective with Sonic Cleansing

It's no mystery that applying sunscreen is important, but what about when it needs to come off? There is much attention paid to the protection of skin and the use of sunscreen, but very little effort is focused on the importance of properly removing sunscreen to keep skin clean, clear and healthy-looking. Sunscreen helps protect skin from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays, but is designed to stay on skin all day -- making it difficult to remove.

Annnnd this is why spray sunscreen might not be a good idea

Friends of Redditor amici_ursi and total newbies to the spray sunscreen game got scorched poolside by the Florida sun. Luckily, the spray sunscreen was able to protect very specific areas of their backs, though. When lined up together, they make for quite the summer art exhibit.

Sunscreen on Your Feet?

Most people dont think about their feet when applying sunscreen, but did you know that the skin on your feet is highly susceptible to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer? The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) warns that skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.

Nurse Who Used Sunbeds Left With Coin-Shaped Hole In Nose After Skin Cancer Removal (Graphic Images)

A woman who developed skin cancer after using sunbeds from the age of 13 has released shocking images of the coin-sized hole she had cut out of her nose as a result. Under peer pressure to have a tan, Jade Thrasher, 26, said she had 20 minute sessions three times a week for 11 years.

Could using SUNSCREEN render you infertile?

Nearly half of the ingredients commonly used to block harmful UV rays mimic the effects of the female hormone progesterone, which stops sperm functioning properly, say Danish scientists.

New sunscreen offers vitamin D production with UV protection

Solar D, a sunscreen that for the first time enables the body to produce vitamin D with no loss of sun protection factor, will be on sale in the US from this summer. A study published in PLOS ONE describes the findings.

Southampton woman quits using sunbeds after developing skin cancer

A woman who used sunbeds until she was red raw for 25 minutes at a time only stopped when she developed malignant melanoma. Danielle Dyer, 28, from Southampton, Hampshire, became addicted aged 16 when she would have sunbed competitions with friends to see who could get the deepest tan.

FDA propose to ban use of tanning beds by under-18s

Reggulators in the US are proposing to restrict use of sunlamp products such as indoor tanning beds and booths to adults aged 18 and over.

Arm mole count predicts skin cancer risk

Having more than 11 moles on one arm indicates a higher-than-average risk of skin cancer or melanoma, research suggests. Counting moles on the right arm was found to be a good indicator of total moles on the body. More than 100 indicates five times the normal risk.

Survey Finds Brits are Dying for a Tan

Sunscreen brand, SunSense, has this week completed a nationwide tour of the UK with the aim of encouraging the public to think twice about tanning. Utilising an ultraviolet camera, the Dying for a Tan tour showed thousands of people the damage they may have already caused to their skin through intentional tanning.

Research suggests skin damage from UV radiation is reversible

A team of researchers based at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore believe they may have found proof that photo ageing damage from ultraviolet radiation could be reversed.

NICE publishes new guideline on most deadly form of skin cancer

NICE has published its first guideline on melanoma which aims to reduce the numbers of people dying from the disease, and addresses the wide variations across the country in diagnosis and treatment. Melanoma is the third most common skin cancer in the UK and accounts for more cancer deaths than all other skin cancers combined.

#sunburnart trend warned against by dermatologists over cancer risk

Scores of Americans are taking to Instagram to post photos of sunburn designs on their skin. People will put on sunscreen in a design or apply a temporary tattoo to burn a pattern onto the skin. Dermatologists are warning people to stay away from the trend they say could cause skin cancer as it is revealed 73,000 will get melanoma in 2015

Action spectrum of sun skin damage documented

Scientists at Newcastle University have documented for the first time the DNA damage which can occur to skin across the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the sun providing an invaluable tool for sun-protection and the manufacturers of sunscreen.

RPS calls for clearer labelling on sunscreens as survey reveals public confusion on protection ratings

A Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey into sunscreen use has revealed a worrying lack of understanding about the degree of sun protection different products provide. In particular, many are unaware that the SPF rating alone displayed in sunscreen labelling does not guarantee good all round protection from potential sun damage.

Quarter of skin cells `on road to cancer`

More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests. Analysis of samples from 55- to 73-year-olds found more than 100 DNA mutations linked to cancer in every 1 sq cm (0.1 sq in) of skin. The team, at the Sanger Institute, near Cambridge, said the results were "surprising".

Popular sun creams fail strict Which? SPF tests

Which? tests reveal the leading sun creams that fail to deliver the SPF claimed on their packaging. Find out which sun creams to avoid, and which are Best Buys. New Which? tests have revealed that two leading sun creams are failing to deliver the SPF claimed on their packaging. We tested 13 sun creams with a claimed SPF of 30 from popular brands including Nivea and Piz Buin, as well as own-brand products from supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco. Two products twice failed our SPF tests: Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml) and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30 (180ml).

Most Britons unaware of skin cancer signs

More than three-quarters of Britons say they would not recognise signs of skin cancer, a survey by the British Association of Dermatologists suggests. The disease now causes about 2,100 deaths annually in the UK. The BAD said that while 95% of people it surveyed knew the disease was becoming more common it was concerned that they appeared to be unaware of the link with sunburn.

Adverts for UV tanning salons and sunbeds to be banned in France under new drafted health bill

French parliament has approved a draft law that bans the promotion of sunbeds and advertisement of UV tanning salons. The rule would also require staff in 10,700 tanning salons across the country to undergo thorough training about the risks of cancer through exposure to ultra-violet beams. The legislation would also prohibit the selling or giving away of sunbeds to those who are not health and beauty professionals. Both clauses are part of a wider health bill drafted yesterday that is expected to be finalised by the year’s end.

Sun damage works long after exposure, finds new research

A new market could open up for ‘evening-after’ sunscreen to further protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays after a team of Yale-led researchers discovered that much of the damage occurs in the hours after sun exposure.

Airline pilots can be exposed to cockpit radiation similar to tanning beds

Airline pilots can be exposed to the same amount of UV-A radiation as that from a tanning bed session because airplane windshields do not completely block UV-A radiation, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Dermatology. Airplane windshields are commonly made of polycarbonate plastic or multilayer composite glass. UV-A radiation can cause DNA damage in cells and its role in melanoma is well known, according to the article.

Surgeon General Call to Action on sunscreen use in U.S.

While the majority of Americans know the benefits of using sunscreen, just over one in ten are wearing it all year round suggesting that more still needs to be done. The news comes after a recent Call to Action issued by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase awareness of skin cancer and to advocate practices to reduce the risk.

Sun's UV radiation rendered harmless by skin pigment

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and other institutions have worked out how the pigment of the skin manages to protect the body from the sun's dangerous UV rays. The skin pigment converts the UV radiation into heat through a rapid chemical reaction that shoots protons from the molecules of the pigment. In a new study, the team from Lund University, working with colleagues in France and Italy, have studied pigment in the skin and its building blocks.

Twin Lucy Simm can't stop using sunbeds, even after getting skin cancer

A young woman who says she's addicted to sunbeds admits even getting skin cancer hasn't put her off tanning. Lucy Simm, 29, from Morecambe, was keen to get back on a sunbed as soon as she had recovered from an operation to remove a cancerous mole on her leg. She told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on today's This Morning: 'It's been very hard to stop, I want to hide away. I feel like a tan gives me a blanket and without it, I have to hide away. I tried fake tan and it's just not the same.'

32-year-old woman diagnosed with skin cancer after using sunbeds since 14

A 32-year-old self-proclaimed tanorexic was diagnosed with skin cancer after an 18 year sunbed habit that continued even when she was nine months pregnant. Jo Irving from Blackpool first used a sunbed when she was 14-years-old and at the height of her UV addiction, was using them 5 times a week. She confesses she was ‘addicted to being brown’. But, she’s vowed never to set foot in a tanning salon again after being diagnosed with skin cancer last year.

Ireland: Leo Varadkar confirms sunbed ban comes into operation

It will be an offence to allow a person under 18 years of age use a sunbed. A ban on under-18s using sunbeds will come into place next Monday, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed. Under the Public Health (Sunbeds) Act, it will be an offence for a sunbed business to sell or hire a sunbed to anyone aged under 18, or to allow a young person to use a sunbed.

`I`d rather risk cancer (and wrinkles) than kick my tan addiction`

Kate Mulvey is a sunbathing addict in every sense of the word. The evidence of the sun`s destructive effects are clear upon her skin, yet she can`t - and won`t - stop. `Tanorexia` is used to describe the shocking number of people aiming for a permanently bronzed look. Scientist say sunbathing produces an emotional effect similar to heroin.

Sunscreen users motivated by fear of skin cancer

We're often told that worrying can be harmful to one's health. But University at Buffalo researchers say that when it comes to preventing skin cancer, a little fear is good for you. In a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the UB researchers found that fear and worry about skin cancer had a bigger influence on people's use of sunscreen than information about the statistical likelihood of developing the disease.

Tanning bed use in youth may increase risk of early skin cancer

Young people who use sunbeds and tanning booths may be especially vulnerable to developing BCC, a common type of skin cancer, at an early age, according to a new study. A new study suggests that young people who are exposed to ultraviolet radiation from lamps used for indoor tanning have a greater risk for developing basal cell carcinomas at a young age. The researchers say as teens and young adults are increasingly seeking indoor tanning, there is an important need to draw their attention to the risk they are taking.

'Feel-good hormones' make sun exposure addictive, study suggests

When the sun is shining, many of us are unable to resist a trip to the beach to soak up the rays, despite recommendations that we should cover up to reduce the risk of skin cancer. And now, researchers have discovered why; ultraviolet radiation from the sun releases endorphins - "feel-good" hormones - that act like a drug, making exposure to sunlight addictive.

Observation: Tanning beds associated with vitamin D toxicity?

Tanning beds may be associated with vitamin D toxicity, according to an observation being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors describe the case of a 26-year-old white woman who was referred to the endocrinology clinic for asymptomatic vitamin D toxicity.

Multiple sunburns as an adolescent increases melanoma risk by 80%

A new study published in the journal CEBP reports that experiencing 5 or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 could increase melanoma risk by 80%. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP) proposes that in a cohort of 108,916 white women, those who had a minimum of 5 severe sunburn incidents between the ages of 15 and 20 had an increased risk of all skin cancers.

Top end suncreams fail SPF test as cheaper lotions pass

Three suncreams, which include some of the most expensive on the market, do not give the protection they claim in tests, a consumer watchdog says. Which? said the creams - by Piz Buin, Malibu and Hawaiian Tropic - all offered lower factor protection than the SPF 30 written on the bottle.

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 1970s'

The incidence of the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show. Cancer Research UK statistics show more than 13,000 people develop malignant melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s. It says the rise is partly due to rising popularity of package holidays to Europe from the late 1960s.

Model diagnosed with rare eye cancer blames using sunbeds without goggles

A former model who used sunbeds for over 20 years has called for them to be banned after she was diagnosed with rare eye cancer and given weeks to live. Mother-of-one Debi Gibson from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, starting using sunbeds at the age of 14. She decided not to use protective goggles when on the sunbed so she would be free of any tan lines. The 42-year-old was diagnosed with rare eye cancer in April 2012 - and has now been given a terminal diagnosis after the disease spread to her liver.

Warning over ‘out of this world’ radiation risks to sunbed users in Barnsley

Checks on tanning salons in a Yorkshire borough have found people using sunbeds are being blasted with levels of radiation normally found in outer space. Officials at Barnsley Council found 83 per cent of sunbeds tested were over the legal radiation limit, with one in 10 as many as four times above.

Experts warn of skin cancer ‘epidemic’ as Norfolk hospital’s case load trebles in six years - Health - Eastern Daily Press

Specialists have warned that skin cancer cases in East Anglia are set to rise over the next three decades after a department at a Norfolk hospital saw its case load treble in the space of six years. Experts from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said that the skin cancer “epidemic” is set to get worse as the country’s post-war baby boomers are diagnosed with more tumours.