Is there a link between sunglasses and skin cancer?

Zaia Kendall

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc (now PermEco Inc.) with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles and records and edits videos. She assists Tom in running the Kendall Permaculture Farm and supervising other volunteers. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs percussion and marimba workshops, is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. She is passionate about community music and loves seeing people discover that they can play!

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6 Responses

  1. Zaia says:

    Reblogged this on Food, Health and Me.

  2. Patrina says:

    Makes sense to me. It may apply to people who wear glasses for correcting vision to some extent, depending on which spectrum passes through the lenses I guess. Maybe it’s worth spending some time outside every day without them if possible.

  3. Sue Rine says:

    Sounds plausible. It also occurs to me that when the sun is extreme, a person wearing sunglasses would likely stay out in the sun longer than one who was not. The person with no sunglasses is more likely to head inside, thereby protecting their skin from overexposure to the sun.

  4. HeartHealthyChris says:

    I have stopped wearing sunglasses about eight years ago. I only use them in the car. My wife never owned any (she does not drive) and I always wondered how she managed, but when I learned about the melamin eye relation 8 years ago, I stopped wearing glasses. The first weeks I had to adjust, but then it became easy.
    And Sue Rine is correct, when the sun hurts your eyes, you know you better get out of it and find some shade.
    Spring is a great time to get started!

    • Patrina says:

      And there appears to be ongoing effects since melanin affect the synthesis of vitamin D which is essential to many processes affecting the immune system and for cancer protection.

      I also use way less sunblock these days – in fact I only use it sparingly if I will be out in the sun during its intense period and can’t avoid being exposed at that time, and I apply it on damp skin so that it goes on easily.

  5. Zaia says:

    Yes, sunblock or sunscreen is another one which has health implications. You can train your skin by slowly introducing it to sun, a little more each day. Great to get more vitamin D! You will need to moisturise though, I find coconut oil wonderful for the skin, before or after sun exposure! In the 70s before the sunscreen craze we all used to put coconut oil based products on our skin to tan… Of course, try to avoid sunburn as much as possible, hence the time buildup for sun exposure.

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