5 Ways to Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
According to the National Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer makes up one in three cancers diagnosed in America each year. In fact, in 2005 alone, around one million Americans were diagnosed with skin cancer. Therefore, protecting your skin from sun damagemust become paramount. Follow the five tips listed below for ways to protect your skin from sun damage ensuring you will require no future sun damage treatment:
- Wear a hat:
It doesn’t matter if you are working in the garden, mowing the yard or lounging by the pool, wearing a hat to prevent sun damage on your face is a wise idea. Although large brimmed hats work the best because they also protect your ears and neck, a baseball cap will work in a pinch. Although, do keep in mind that your neck and ears are exposed when wearing this type of hat, so take appropriate precautions.
- Use sunscreen:
It goes without saying that it’s important to use sunscreen when you are out at the pool or on the beach. However, it is also smart to lather up with sunscreen containing at least 30 SPF even when you are just going about your normal daily routine. In fact, making the application of sunscreen part of your daily ritual is a wise idea. Make sure to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors to ensure your skin has time to absorb the sunscreen. It is important that the sunscreen has proper coverage against UVA & UVB.
- Stay indoors:
Although it is likely impossible for you to stay inside at all times, if you can minimize the amount of time you are outdoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest, you will decrease your chances of skin damage.
- Cover up:
In addition to the aforementioned hat, you also should seek to cover your arms and legs. In general, cover as much of your body as you can to prevent sun damage. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends individuals wear darker colored clothing that is made of tightly woven fabrics instead of lightly colored cotton when out in the sun as they do a better job of absorbing ultra violet light.
- Avoid laying out in the sun:
Doctors often say there is no such thing as a healthy tan, yet many of us do not pay attention to their warnings. Although tanning is detrimental to all skin types, it is especially dangerous for those who are fair-skinned. If you must acquire a tan, allow your skin to slowly build up a tan instead of attempting to get brown all in one setting as the skin’s melanin will build up over time and offer some protection against sun damage. Also, avoid tanning oils and other tanning products when laying out as these products enhance the rays and can led to more serious sun burns. Avoid tanning beds!