Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30 to protect your skin, and be sure to use it year round, not just in the summer. It’s best to apply sunscreen a half hour before going outside.
Let’s take a look at some of the steps that you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from skin cancer. Limiting your exposure to the sun and UV rays is the first step, especially at mid-day. In fact, it’s best to stay out of the sun from 10 A.M to 4 P.M. whenever you can, because that’s when the sun is the most intense and dangerous.
Along with limiting your exposure, the proper use of sunscreen can be a lifesaver! Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30 to protect your skin, and be sure to use it year round, not just in the summer.
It’s best to apply sunscreen a half hour before going outside. Of course, sunscreen can be washed off by sweat or water, so be sure to reapply it at least every two hours and immediately after swimming or heavy activity that causes you to sweat.
Many people do not use enough sunscreen. Be sure to use a minimum of one ounce, or two tablespoons, for each application. Some sunscreens are available in a spray form. When using these, be sure to cover your body thoroughly.
Since the delicate skin on your face gets a lot of sun, it’s important to pay particular attention when applying sunscreen to your face. Fortunately, many sunscreens are now found in facial moisturizing creams. If you don’t sweat or rub the cream off during the day, it’s usually okay to apply sunscreen just once in the morning. But keep in mind that if you are involved in outdoor activities, you must still reapply sunscreen frequently.
It’s best to use broad-spectrum sunscreens that block both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B light. This information is usually found on the label or sunscreen container.
It’s important to note that UV rays are intensified when reflected by sand, water, snow and ice. Be aware of the sun’s reflection during any outdoor activity, such as being at the beach, playing golf, enjoying the ski slopes, or simply working in your yard.
Along with the liberal use of sunscreen, wearing the right clothing can also help protect you from the sun. Wearing long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses that absorb UV radiation can all help to keep your skin safe.
One more important way to protect your skin and prevent skin cancer is to avoid tanning beds or booths and sun lamps. It has been proven that UV rays from these devices can significantly increase your risk for skin cancer.
These are just a few of the steps that you can take to protect yourself from skin cancer. Limiting your exposure to the sun, using sunscreen, and keeping yourself covered can protect both your skin, and your life!