So you love to get out and play in the sun! Whether you’re a golfer, biker, runner, walker, or equestrian, skin cancer screening should be number one in your book of sun/skin protection factors. Chances are, if you haven’t been taking notice of your skin after spending time in the sun, the after effects are showing and the damage has been done. Sun spots, dark marks, and dullness are invading your once youthful looking complexion 🙁
There are many ways you can take precautions and protect yourself from the sun while enjoying a day of playing in the sun.
WHAT ABOUT SUNSCREENS?
Finding a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB helps adequately protect your skin as well as your immune system from the sun. Most dermatologists agree on an SPF of at least 30 or higher. Always look for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. Additionally, always apply sunscreen to all the skin that will be exposed to the sun, such as your scalp and back of hands, and reapply every 2 hours.
The sunscreens that protect the skin through an active ingredient such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are considered the best.
SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING IS A MUST
You might be tempted to wear your short sleeves and short pants, but fight the feeling…you will be exposing way too much skin to the sun. Wear the long sleeves and pants; you will be glad you did. Additionally, have them be made of the sun-protective fabrics that are now available. Of the many fabrics on the market, San Soleil, which is ultra light cotton offers a 50 UV protection, and Sol Umbra offers 100 + SPF.
LOOK INTO SUNGLASSES
So important and sometimes overlooked, the quality of sunglasses is essential. Not only does the excess sunlight strain your eyes, but it also damages them. Wind protection is another factor. Always wear wraparound sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV radiation.
WEAR A HAT
Find a wide brimmed protective hat to wear. Preferably one with sunscreen protection built in. And definitely one with no holes allowing daylight through.
YEARLY SKIN EXAM AND SKIN CANCER SCREENING
Please remember that skin cancer screening is vitally important and should be a routine in your healthcare regimen. If you happen to spend a lot of time in the sun, it becomes exponentially important. Schedule a yearly skin exam and get checked out by a board certified Dermatologist.
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