Protect Your Skin from the Sun with these Simple Tips
As you plan your summer vacation outdoor and by the pool, remember to always protect your skin from the sun. One of the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States is skin cancer, with one in five Americans expected to develop a form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to reduce skin cancer risk.
1. Cover your skin with clothing.
Although this might not be as easy to do in the sweltering Texas heat, try to cover as much as you can manage. Wearing a hat can protect your head and provide shade for the face. Sunglasses can provide protection for the skin around your eyes. Even a thin or sheer swimsuit coverup can offer some protection for the skin.
2. Apply sunscreen every day.
Apply sunscreen to all areas of the skin that will not be covered by clothing, even if it is cloudy. Use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Use one ounce of sunscreen, an amount that is about equal to the size of your palm and thoroughly rub the product into the skin. Don’t forget to also apply sunscreen the top of your head, neck, ears, and the top of your feet!
3. Seek shade.
The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Try to avoid being out in the sun during that time frame. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade and return later! However, if you do find yourself outdoor during those hours make sure to take frequent breaks to be indoors or under the shade.
4. Use extra caution near water.
The sun’s damaging rays is intensified as they are reflected off water, sand or even snow.
Your risk of getting sunburn can be increased, so make sure adequate amounts of sunscreen is applied before you head near the water.
6. Check your skin for abnormalities.
Your birthday is a great time to check your birthday suit. Take note of any mole or skin marks that are new. Checking your moles and knowing your skin are key to detecting skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. It is important to see your board-certified dermatologist immediately if you notice a mole or skin lesion that is changing, growing or bleeding.