Protecting Your Skin from the Sun

ImageAlthough I have written about this in a previous post, I cannot emphasize the importance of wearing sunscreen. I know us New Yorkers can not wait to get outside but please remember to protect yourself in these harsh summer days.

Summertime is an excellent time to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Summer is perfect for hanging out on the beach, entertaining with backyard barbeques, and enjoying all types of outdoor recreation activities like hiking and camping. However, with all the time you spend outside, there is the higher risk of permanently damaging your skin and increasing your chances of skin cancer. Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is particularly deadly. On the other hand, there are some things you can do to protect your skin from the sun.

  • Wear Sunscreen – The most important way to protect your skin while outdoors is to wear sunscreen and apply it often! There are many different brands of sunscreen, but the Centers for Disease Control suggests one with a SPF of at least 15. If you are planning to spend several hours outside, be sure to reapply it several times. The rule of thumb is that SPF determines how many minutes to wait before reapplying. For example, sunscreen with a SPF of 60 should be applied every hour. If you are swimming, try a waterproof sunscreen.
  • Cover Up – Although summer invites us to wear shorts and tank tops, if you are spending all day outside, it might be better to cover up. Long sleeves and long pants can help prevent skin damage and cancer. The best times of fabrics are those that are lightweight and thin. Clothes with darker shades are also better at absorbing ultraviolet light. You can even find special recreational clothes with built-in SPF. Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head, neck, ears, and shoulders.
  • Limit Activity at Certain Times – The sun shines most intensely between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Limit your exposure during those times and take part in activities in the early morning or evening.
  • Avoid Sunbathing – Doctors agree that sunbathing is never healthy for your skin, especially for people that are fair-skinned or sensitive to sun exposure. Experts agree that there is no such thing as a healthy tan except those that come from a can!

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How to reduce your risk for skin cancer this summer

ImageSummer is here and with the warm, balmy weather, you’re going to want to spend some time outside. Whether you’re gardening, swimming, exercising, playing at the park or just lounging around in your back yard, your skin is going to come into contact with the sun’s rays. While a little sun exposure is probably okay, if you’re going to be spending any significant length of time outdoors, you need to protect your skin. There’s no need to stay inside on gorgeous days – instead, use these smart tips to reduce your risk of skin cancer this summer.

Wear Sunscreen

This is almost a “duh,” but you’d be surprised at how many women (and men) go without sunscreen outdoors. They may put it on at the beach when they’re going to be in the sun for hours at a time, but not when hanging out at the park or doing yard work. The truth is, you need sunscreen any time you’re going to be out in the sun for fifteen minutes or more. Look for a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, and apply often. Also, don’t skip sunscreen on cloudy days – the sun’s rays still penetrate through the clouds.

Forget The “Base” Tan

Many people start visiting tanning beds around March, hoping to get a good base tan that will protect them from getting burned later on in the summer. This is a myth – you can still get burned if you have a tan, and tan skin actually increases your chance of getting skin cancer. If you can’t stand pasty white legs peeking out of your summer shorts, opt for a professional spray tan or even a high quality self-tanner. Both will give you the skin color you desire without the dangers of tanning beds.

Choose When To Go Out In The Sun

The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you can avoid going out in the sun during these hours, you’re going to reduce your risk for skin cancer significantly. If you are outside during these hours, consider getting in the shade, such as under a tree or an umbrella.

When enjoying the sun and wonderful summer weather, remember to care for your skin! If you’re smart about exposing your skin to the sun and use sunscreen appropriately, your chances of getting skin cancer will all but diminish.

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