Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that an excess of dangerous rays from the sun can lead to wrinkles, spots, and skin cancer. And if you have been living under a rock, then it is even more important that you protect your delicate skin! Whether you cover up with clothes or a sunscreen, you need to be protecting your skin from the sun. Here are some ideas to help you avoid sunburns and cancer.
It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget or simply refuse to lather up. You should be wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every day—even if it is cloudy, rainy, or cold. The sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds and don’t stop even when it’s cold outside.
And when you are using sunscreen, make sure you’re using it properly. Apply it 30 minutes before going outside. Cover every inch of bare skin, including sensitive and oft-forgotten spots like your ears, hairline and scalp, chest, chin, hands, and feet. You will need to apply it every 2-3 hours, and even more often if you are swimming or a heavy sweater.
Don’t Go Outside
Although this might not be the answer you want to hear, if you’re serious about preventing sun damage, simply avoid going outside, especially between 10 a.m. And 4 p.m. If you must be outside, stay in the shade. Especially keep infants under 6 moths of age out of the sun.
Dress to Impress
When you will be outside for prolonged periods of time, wear loose clothing that is made from materials that are tightly woven or sun-protective fabrics. Cover as much of your arms and legs as possible. If you’re all covered, the sun can’t get to you!
Sunglasses and hats aren’t just fashion statements. They can help protect your face and eyes from sun damage!
Come talk to us for more tips on how to prevent sun damage. For example, some drugs and medications can increase your risk of sun burn. Know how to best protect your skin and treat it when the need arises with our help!