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You and Your Skin

You and Your Skin

Introduction

Your teacher has asked you to use an online resource to help you perform research on how to care for yourr skin, the damaging effects of sunburns and tanning, or how sunscreens provide protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Use this sheet to record the answers to the questions you see on The Sun and Your Skin student esheet.


You and your skin

What functions does your skin perform?

 

 

What is melanin? What does it determine?

 

 

Which part of your skin contains sweat glands?

 

 

What is the best way to treat cuts?

 

 

Is it better to wash your face with your hands or a towel? Why?

 

 

What are some ways to keep you skin healthy?

 

 

The tanning taboo

Why do you think people like having a tan?

 

 

How do UVA and UVB radiation differ? How do they affect the skin?

 

 

What happens to the skin as you tan?

 

 

How many skin types are there? What is your skin type?

 

 

What are some symptoms of skin damage from UV radiation? What can happen in severe cases?

 

 

Do young people have to worry about skin cancer? Why or why not?

 

 

What suggestions are given to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays?

 

 

What does SPF stand for? What’s important to know about it?

 

 

Are sunlamps and tanning beds safe? Why or why not?

 

 

How do self-tanning and airbrush tanning methods affect your skin?

 

 

Would you ever consider using these methods? Why or why not?

 

 

sunlight and skin damage

How can small amounts of UV light help the body?

 

 

In what ways do large amounts damage the body?

 

 

Which type of UV light is responsible for damage due to tanning, burning, and skin cancer?

 

 

Why is the amount of UV light reaching the earth’s surface increasing?

 

 

What time of day is it the most intense?

 

 

Do people with high melanin levels need to worry about sun exposure? Why or why not?

 

 

What types of skin cancer can one get from excessive sun exposure?

 

 

sunburn

What are the symptoms of mild-to-severe sunburn?

 

 

When do symptoms typically appear?

 

 

What’s the best way to protect yourself from the sun?

 

 

What are some good and bad filters (or circumstances) for UV light?

 

 

What are sunscreens?

 

 

How do sunblocks differ from sunscreens?

 

 

Which SPF levels provide maximum protection from sun damage?

 

 

What treatments help heal sunburned skin?

 

 

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