We are in the dead heat of summer, in some places extremely sunny and hot outside. Whether the sun is beaming down strong or hidden behind a sheet of clouds, it is important to make sure and take the proper precautions to preserve your precious skin and avoid overexposure.
According to The American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but also one of the most treatable. Of course, they recommend taking the right measures to prevent skin cancer from developing.
Here are some tips that can help keep your skin safe during UV Safety Month and throughout the year:
- Wear SPF30 or higher with broad-spectrum protection on all uncovered parts of the skin and make sure to reapply if out in the sun for long periods of time.
- Cover up with protective clothing such as long sleeves, swim shirts for the kids, big floppy hats and sunglasses.
- Avoid spending too much time in the direct sun, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Even if it’s cloudy, make sure to follow the same rules, it doesn’t mean the sun’s rays aren’t getting through!
- Do your best to never let yourself get burned.
- Make sure and use a good moisturizer following a day in the sun to rehydrate your skin.
Take this sun safety IQ quiz from The American Cancer Society to make sure you are savvy when it comes to protecting yourself from those harmful rays!
Enjoy that time in the sun, but be careful!