Five Ways You Can Protect Your Skin This Summer
Skin cancer continues to be among the most common types of cancer in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 100,000 new cases of skin melanomas are reported every year. Exposure to the sun’s invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. While it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun year-round, summer is probably the season when you spend the most time outdoors soaking up the sunshine. Below, Pegalis Law Group, LLC sheds light on five ways you can protect your skin this summer to avoid sunburn, eye damage, early skin aging, and more. Protect yourself and others while enjoying some much-needed fun in the sun this year.
Limit Your Time Outdoors When the Sun’s Rays Are Intense
One of the best ways to protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer this summer is to limit how much time you spend in the sun. The sun’s rays are generally the most intense between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Whenever possible, try to schedule outdoor activities outside of these hours. Early morning or late afternoon hikes, swims, and picnics can be just as relaxing as lunchtime ones. Remember, even on a cloudy day, as much as 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can still peek through the clouds. Seek shade during the hours of the sun’s highest intensity.
Always Wear Sunscreen and Reapply It Every Two Hours
No matter the time of day or year, always wear a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) value of 30 or higher whenever going outdoors for an extended period. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you against UVA and UVB rays, which are two types of ultraviolet radiation caused by the sun. The SPF number on your sunscreen lets you know how well it’s expected to protect your skin against sunburn. Individuals with a higher risk of skin cancer may want to use sunscreen with a higher SPF. Remember to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours, especially when swimming. Sunscreen should be applied on all uncovered skin, including your face, neck, hands, feet, arms, legs, ears, shoulders, back, and lips.
Protect Your Eyes With UV Protection Sunglasses
When selecting sunglasses to protect your eyes, be sure to pick a pair with a UV400 rating or 100% UV protection on their label. These types of sunglasses block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Toy sunglasses do not offer UV protection, nor do dark-tinted sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses provide protection from glare, not UV rays. Consider a large pair of sunglasses with a wrap-around style that completely covers your eyes for the best protection. A word of advice: you don’t have to buy the most expensive sunglasses, as any pair with 100% UV protection should fit the bill.
Protect Your Skin With Broad-Brim Hats, Long-Sleeved Shirts, Etc.
If you must spend time outdoors in the heat of the day, try to protect your skin by covering it up with long-sleeved shirts, pants, or hats. The best hats for sun protection include broad-brim hats, fedoras, bucket hats, floppy hats, and shade caps that fit like baseball caps but have fabric draping down their sides and back to cover your neck and ears.
Ask Your Physician About the Best Sun Care Precautions for You
People with a higher risk of skin cancer should consult their physician for the best sun care precaution tips. Those with pale skin, light hair, or a family history of skin cancer may be more at risk. If you take medications, you may experience a higher sun sensitivity than others. Always ask your physician about their recommendations for a sunscreen SPF or before applying sunscreen to an infant.
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