Is Your Dog Ruining Your Skin?
The health benefits of owning a dog are well documented. Dog owners are less likely to suffer from heart conditions, are more active, and have a healthier weight. It’s not just our physical health that owning a dog is great for either; they are brilliant therapy too and owning a dog is known to improve mental health. However, there is one thing which owning a dog may not be as good for – the health of your skin.
It’s not their fault of course. In fact, the activity involved with walking a dog potentially has a good effect on skin health by improving circulation and therefore the amount of oxygen which reaches it, giving the complexion a boost. However, if you’re not wearing sunscreen those long walks in the park with your pooch could be not only be ageing you, but putting your health at risk.
Cases of melanoma are on the rise in the UK, and malignant melanoma is the fifth most common cancer. Over 2000 people die from it every year in Britain. In many cases simple practicing good sun safety can prevent skin cancer. Which is why over the next several months it is so important to do the following when you’re walking your dog:
- Wear a sun lotion with an SPF of at least 15.
- Stick to shady walks.
- Avoid walking your dog between the hours of 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.
- Cover up – keep areas that easily burn, such as shoulders, covered.
Don’t forget your dogs! They need to stay safe in the sun too. Keep an eye on Paws and Prada later this week for tips on how to take care of your dogs by protecting them in the sunshine.