As X-Men star Hugh Jackman is using his latest experience with skin cancer as a warning to others, one is reminded of the potentially grave harm to skin that can be caused by UVA and UVB sun rays. Jackman took to Instagram on Monday to display his bandaged nose with his powerful message: “An example of what happens when you don’t use sunscreen. Basal cell. The mildest form of cancer. PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN and get check-ups regularly!”
Hugh Jackman who got his basal cell carcinoma removed for the fourth time from his nose in the past three years (he’s also had it on his shoulder), attributes his developing the cancer to not protecting himself with sunscreen when he was a child. “Being an Australian, it’s a very common thing,” Jackman told People magazine. “I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.” In addition to avoiding sunscreen, it turns out that growing up in Australia actually also increased his risk – Australia and South Africa record the highest rates of skin cancer.
Hugh now suffers from recurrence of BCC, the most common type of skin cancer that affects sun-exposed areas. “Both long-term sun exposure over your lifetime and/or extended intense exposure leading to sunburn can cause damage that can lead to BCC,” explains Manhattan-based dermatologist Sejal Shah. While it’s usually not life-threatening, if not treated the skin cancers can wreak havoc on the skin. “If found on the nose it can spread up and down the nose and be quite disfiguring,” says Shamban. “If it grows on the eyelid it can actually extend all the way into the orbit of the eye.”
To inspire and motivate others to protect themselves and wear sunscreen, Hugh has even launched a line of sunscreen for kids to prove that it pays to protect your skin from young age. Herbally Radiant which has experimented with different natural ingredients in its beauty formulations, has used a fine ratio of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which nourish skin and protect it from UVA and UVB rays.
There are several sunscreen lotions being marketed, many of which contain oxybenzone which, according EWG, can cause reproductive toxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies, and organ system toxicity. Conscious of public health and making safe skin care products, Herbally Radiant promotes healthy formulations. The Zinc Oxide in its Body Day Cream is a natural mineral powder; it acts as a skin-friendly physical barrier, protecting skin against harmful rays.
Similarly, Titanium Dioxide content in Herbally Radiant’s Body Cream is an inert, insoluble and non-toxic substance. FDA considers it safe for public health. It prevents penetration of harmful sun rays by absorbing them.
Coming from the experienced R&D team, the Body Day Cream launched by Herbally Radiant is immensely popular. With key ingredients aloe barbadensis, shea butter, avocado oil, grapeseed oil and other rich organic nutrients, this cream currently is best in terms of price ($ 12.90 for 4 oz jar), as well as the most effective skin cream, taking care of both health of skin and protecting from sun.