Beat the Heat with Cool Skin Safety Tips
25 Jun 2019
Approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, although people with fairer skin are at a greater risk. Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, kills 9,000 people every year in the U.S.; however, skin cancer is preventable and treatable.
Try these tips to limit your exposure to harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancer:
- When out in the sun, wear protective clothing to cover exposed skin, a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face, and sunglasses to block at least 99% of UV light to the eyes.
- Use sunscreen! Only use products that are water resistant and have an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure that the product is labeled “broad spectrum.” These products protect against both UVA aging rays and UVB burning rays. Apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
- Limit exposure to the sun by staying in the shade during the most harmful hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Beyond protecting against harmful sun rays, sunscreen can help you maintain your complexion. It helps prevent facial brown spots and a variety of discolorations that cause an uneven skin tone, reduces the appearance of blotchiness and red veins, and slows down premature wrinkles.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a sunscreen:
- Check your sunscreen’s expiration date. Using sunscreen after its expiration date is not recommended because the ingredients may no longer protect your skin.
- Choose an appropriate SPF number. Higher SPF numbers mean greater protection against harmful rays. SPF 30 or higher is best.
- “Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” Sunscreen will come off with water or sweat and will rub off when you dry yourself with a towel.
- Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. You may need to reapply more frequently when swimming or sweating.
Wearing protective clothing and slathering on the sunscreen will not protect you completely from harmful UV rays. However, combining as many of these tips as you can will ensure the most protection possible.