The sun is such an amazing part of this time of year and our way of life. Unfortunately, something so fruitful can always have a downfall. Skin cancer is an alarmingly common form of cancer, with many suffering from some form by the time they are 70. It is so important and simple to protect your skin against the sun, with knowledge of the dangers of sun exposure to the amount of products available for protection. It is cause for concern that there are so many people still suffering from something that has the potential to be avoided. Below are ways in which to put these avoidance tactics into place to keep yourself happy, healthy while also enjoying the sun’s benefits.
It may seem like the most obvious way to protect yourself against the sun, but statistics suggest that there is still a vast number of people that do not apply sunscreen before heading out into the sun. The recommended amount of high-quality sunscreen is 35ml for adults. Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before heading out into the sun’s rays. Choosing the right sunscreen is also important, with both UVA and UVB protection, as well as being SPF 30 or higher. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours to protect the skin against cancer, or if you are sweating or swimming, the safest bet is to reapply every hour. Protect your lips as well by choosing a lip balm or lipstick with SPF 30 or higher sun protection. It is important to remember to wear sunscreen even on cloudy days.
2. Wear Covered Clothing Wherever Possible:
Wearing protective clothing is a great way to limit the level of exposure to the sun. Sun protective clothing should include long sleeves, long pants, and a hat that protects the face, neck and ears. Tightly woven fabrics are better than light-weight fabrics. If you are someone who is in the sun for very long periods of time, it is a good idea to shop around for clothing with special sun protective properties. Wearing sunglasses when in the sun is also an important way to avoid sun damage in any way.
3. Seek Shade:
Seeking shade whenever the opportunity presents itself will help you to avoid the drastic effects that the sun can have on your skin. This is especially relevant between the hour of 10 to 4 (depending on location) as this is when UV rays are at their peak.
4. Get a Skin Check:
Keeping an eye on your skin is integral in monitoring any changes or abnormalities of the skin and moles. Booking in for a professional skin examination once a year will also keep any concerns at bay and will help you to know any weak spots or areas that are receiving too much sun. When looking over yourself for anything of concern, keep in mind that skin cancers can come in various forms:
– Pale, wax-like, pearly nodules
– Red, scaly, sharply outlined patches
-Sores that don’t heal
– Small, mole-like growths – melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.
5. Know Where the Sensitive Spots are:
Often, many sensitive parts of the body are overlooked when it comes to protection and applying sunscreen or clothing. Specific sensitive spots that are often overlooked include eyelids, lips and ears. As well as hands, fingers, toes and feet. It is also common to miss areas near the edge of your clothing, so watch that space as well. Keep these in mind when you are applying sunscreen and remember that the whole body can burn and develop cancer.
6. Protect your Children and Babies:
As a rule of thumb, babies under the age of 6 months should never be in direct sunlight, always keep them shaded . Children should be protected with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and this should be reapplied regularly. Encourage your children to play in the shade wherever possible, while also educating them on the grave dangers that the sun can cause.
7. Be Aware of UV’s:
Ultraviolet Rays are invisible killers. These rays of sun that you can’t see or feel and are even dangerous on cool and overcast days, so it is impossible to be able to determine when you need to protect yourself against them. The best way to do so, is to do so at all times. Every time you leave the house and are heading out into the sun, apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing and seek shade when possible.
8. Steer Clear of Tanning Beds:
Tanning beds use ultraviolet light to tan your body. This type of tanning is still highly dangerous and can cause cancer. Avoid this type of tanning at all costs to protect yourself from cancer and wrinkling. Instead, use a tanning cream. Make sure that you also wear sunscreen when you go out into the sun, as most tanning creams do not contain sunscreen.
Being aware of the dangers of the sun is the first step in protecting yourself from it. Protect yourself through the use of sunscreen, clothing and shade and keep the whole family up to date with education on the dangers of the sun.