Many of us love sunny days but although sunny days lift our spirits up, we should keep in mind that the sun’s rays can be really damaging to the skin. The sun’s rays are behind early skin ageing and are also the number one cause for many skin cancers. Skin cancer is a serious disease and many lives have been lost to skin cancer.
Skin cancer can be prevented. There are plenty of ways for you to minimise your risk of this serious disease. Practicing sun protection habits regularly will greatly reduce your risk.
Protecting the Skin from the Sun
- Be indoors during mid-day! As much as possible, avoid being out in the sun. It is best to stay indoors when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at its strongest. During the hours of 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. it is best to stay indoors. This is because these are the hours when the sun’s UV rays are peaking. If you can’t help being outdoors during these hours, seek shade from trees, umbrellas or canopies and also be sure that you have lathered on a generous amount of sunscreen lotion on your skin.
- Keep the skin covered! When you would be outdoors, keep as much area of the skin covered. Hats with wide brims are ideal to use as they protect the face as well as the neck from the sun’s damaging UV rays. It is common for the face and the neck to get a good battering from the sun. So what about the men? Most men prefer using baseball caps instead of hats with wide brims. Baseball caps can protect the face but leave out other areas like the neck, ears and even the lower face exposed to the damaging effects of the sun. This is the reason why men particularly are vulnerable to getting skin cancers on these areas. If you don’t like wearing wide-brimmed hats, see to it that you’ve applied sunscreen lotion to these areas and avoid the sun as much as possible.
- Keep your eyes protected! Wear your sunnies! Not only will you be protected from glare, you’d pe protecting your eyes from damage. When buying your pair of sunnies, look for the CE mark (or equivalent label) and the label that says the sunnies provide protection agains UV rays.
- Lather on sunscreen lotion with a high SPF! Make it a habit to lather on sunscreen lotion everyday before heading outdoors. A sunscreen with SPF 15 would be good to use but for the little ones and those with pale skin, a stronger SPF (SPF 30) would be advisable. See to it that the sunscreen has UVA and UVB protection. Reapply after 2 hours or after sweating a lot.
- Apply Argan oil on the skin! Argan oil and other antioxidant-packed skin products can help up your skin’s protection against the damaging effects of UV rays. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals such as UV rays before they cause any harm to the skin. The great thing about Argan oil is that it contains numerous antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Ferulic acid and Polyphenols. Ferulic acid in particular becomes a stronger antioxidant once exposed to sunlight.