Are you planning on hitting the beach this summer? We’re aware that it’s winter right now, but we can’t help but dream of the warm summer sun just a few months away! Also, sun induced skin damage is something that affects us year-round so it’s never the wrong time to be prepared.
Most of us enjoy getting a little sunshine, but with 1 in 5 Americans being diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, it can be more harmful than you think.
So before you roll out that towel and bask in that gorgeous sun on the beach, make sure you know the warning signs and protect yourself where you can from skin cancer.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
Don’t let it burn
Sunburn is not only pretty painful but can increase your chance of developing skin cancer dramatically. Let’s face it, sunburn doesn’t look good on anyone, so don’t take the risk.
2. Seek shade
We all love the summer sun, but you can still soak it up without being directly in it, especially in the hottest hours of the day. Between 10am and 4pm, make sure to duck under some cover.
3. Cover up
In the warmer weather it can be tempting to show a little more skin than usual. Wearing protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can make all the difference to your skin.
4. Lather up
Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 or higher can help to protect you from those harmful Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B rays. Don’t forget to apply generously 15 minutes before you go outside and reapply every 2 hours.
5. Avoid intentional tanning
Life isn’t better with a tan. The scary truth is, just one tanning session increases the chance of developing a melanoma by a massive 20 percent. With this in mind, make sure to stay out of the sun as much as you can!
6. Pay attention to your surroundings
You might not know it but water, snow and sand actually reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of getting burnt! Make sure if you’re out enjoying the great outdoors to be extra vigilant with that sunscreen!
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