“Lather on sunscreen lotion everyday before heading outdoors and remember to reapply at least after 2 hours or after sweating a lot.” You have probably heard or read this skin care advice a thousand times over.
Studies revealed that UV radiation can cause skin cancer and sunscreen lotions are formulated to protect the skin and the entire body from the harsh effects of UV rays. However you should not think that sun protection revolves only on sunscreen lotions. Let us take a closer look at sun protection to minimise the risk of developing skin cancer.
The number of people suffering or developing skin cancer is staggering especially considering the fact that this type of cancer can be prevented. Doctors have been recommending steps that would help prevent and minimise one’s risk of developing skin cancer.
Preventing Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is a serious disease that can be fatal. These steps will help decrease your chances of getting skin cancer due to UV radiation.
- Best to stay indoors during midday hours – If it is possible for you to stay indoors from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, do so. At these hours the sun’s UV rays are at its peak. Another tip to remember is if you see that your shadow is shorter than you, take extra measures to protect your skin from the sun.
- Wear protective clothing when outdoors – If you can’t avoid being out in the sun, remember to wear clothing that would give you protection such as those with long sleeves, long pants, dark-coloured sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Choose your sunscreen lotion wisely – When choosing your sunscreen lotion, it is best to opt for one that comes with the broad-spectrum label. This means that such product will protect you from both UVA and UVB radiations and with an SPF of at least 15. UVA radiation is responsible for fine lines and wrinkles on the skin while UVB radiation causes sunburn, darkening as well as thickening of the epidermis and the worst of them all would be melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
- Even when indoors, you need sun protection – Don’t feel too safe from the sun’s UV radiation when you’re indoors. The truth is UVA rays can go through your windows, windshields and how much more light clothing. So even if you would be staying in your house or in your car for the most part of the day, don’t forget to lather on sunscreen lotion.
- Keep your skin protected from the sun’s rays all throughout the year – Don’t ever think that just because the temperature is cooler or the sun’s heat is not that intense, you no longer have to wear sun protection. This is a pitfall for many. The sun’s UV rays remain strong all throughout the year. So remember to protect your skin come winter, spring summer and fall!