5 Tips to Protect Your Skin from the Sun
It’s summertime, and many of us are headed outdoors to enjoy the sunshine! But don’t forget — about 1 in 5 people will get skin cancer in their lifetime. Don’t let yourself be a statistic!
Sunscreen is important for protecting your skin from sun damage. But are you getting the most out of your sunscreen? Here are a few tips to ensure you get the best protection.
- If you are going to be outside for extended periods of time, aim for an SPF of at least 30 with both UVA and UVB protection.
- Apply your sunscreen every 2 hours, and reapply every time you swim or sweat.
- You need around 1.5 ounces of sunscreen to cover your whole body. 1.5 ounces is about the size of a shot glass. Additionally, you need a nickel-sized amount to cover your face. For spray sunscreens, apply until the area is glistening, which should be about 6 seconds per body part. Be sure to rub the spray sunscreen in.
- UVA rays penetrate car windows, so sun protection is important in the car, too.
- Sunscreen expires, so check the dates on your containers!
In addition to applying sunscreen, consider wearing breathable clothing with built-in SPF. These fabrics are especially good for young children and babies, whose skin is more sensitive.
Early cancer detection saves lives, so see your dermatologist annually for a checkup. But if you have a mole that is changing in size, shape or color, get it checked out right away.
Be safe, play outside and have fun!