Summer fun is a coin with two faces. On one hand, getting tanned can give us a feeling of pleasant appearance, but on the other, bathing in the sun’s UV rays can lead to skin damage.
It’s the end of June and summer is about to get even hotter; in other words, we’re going to get even more sun exposure that can damage our skin. Even though they often cause imperceptible changes, the sun’s ultraviolet rays are responsible for numerous cases of skin cancer.
If detected on time, melanoma and other types of skin cancer can be successfully treated. However, why not prevent its development if we can help it? Here are a few tips on how you can stay on the safe side this summer season.
Dr. Bryan Harris of Lehman Dermatology Clinic explained that your skin’s best friend is sunscreen – but not just anything will do. Make sure you choose a broad spectrum covering both UVA and UVB and that you apply and reapply it in enough quantities to protect your skin.
Harris added that sunscreen should be put on 30 minutes before you go outside, and not just when you go swimming or at the beach. Reapply every hour if you’re getting wet or if you’re toweling off.
Generally, people should make a habit of applying broad-spectrum sun lotion with an SPF of 15 for daily use. However, if you work in the outdoors, skin experts recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
At the same time, you must be mindful of the sun’s peak hours (10 am to 4 pm) when the solar rays can cause the most damage. During this time, make sure you stay indoors or in the shade.
The recommended amount is at least an ounce of sunscreen, or even more generous, depending on your skin tone. Some people only apply a little bit of protection for the day which eventually leaves the skin exposed to UV rays.
However, sun’s ultraviolet rays are a constant presence, so experts suggest that we use proper sun protection year-round. You can also keep the damaging rays at bay with appropriate clothing and UV-protective sunglasses.
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