Enjoy the Sun, But Protect Your Skin
Jul 01, 2021
Summer is in full swing, and we hope you are enjoying fun activities like swimming, picnics, outdoor concerts and more! While it's great to get out and have fun in the sun, it's important to remember to protect your skin.
Did you know that skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer in the United States?
There are different types of skin cancers, and it's important to pay attention to any changes to your skin and to get a regular check-up with a dermatologist. When caught in very early stages, skin cancers are more treatable. (Read more about the types of skin cancer along with signs to watch for on your skin.)
Prevention and Early Detection
Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds. While most of us think about sun protection in the summer when we're outdoors, sun exposure adds up each day...year-round...every time we're in the sun. Here are steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:
- Seek shade, especially from 10am – 4pm
- Cover with clothing
- Use sunscreen
- Wear a hat
- Wear sunglasses - this protects the eyes and sensitive skin around them.
- Broad Spectrum Sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays (at least SPF 30)
- Water Resistant – 40 minutes of total protection
- Expiration Date – Sunscreen can expire, so check the date
- Be generous! Use about an ounce (about a palmful) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face.
- Don’t forget your ears, hands, feet and underarms.
- Reapply at least every two hours. Apply more often if you’re in and out of water or sweating.
Have a safe and healthy summer!