Steps to Stay Skin Safe This Summer


 

Your skin is an organ vulnerable to many elements and steps to protect it should be taken whenever possible. Along with applying a healthy dose of sunscreen this summer to save your skin, here are some additional tips to protect yourself from harmful rays.

Know Your Sunscreen

According to the American Cancer Society, SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. Go with the maximum protection to prevent UV penetration.

As Simple As a Hat

A hat offering the maximum amount of shade should be just as important to leave the house with as your phone. Abiding by this will avoid your face and scalp to be victim to prolonged radiation which would sacrifice the future of your skin.

Avoid The Sun at Peak Times

The sun is strongest from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. which are times to be avoided when enjoying the outdoors. Try planning your outdoor activities this summer around these times to protect you and your family. It’s also a bonus that before and after these times are when it's cool outside.

Cosmetics To Offer Added Protection

Along with applying sunscreen, choose sun-safe cosmetic products to offer added protection. Some use SPF as an ingredient, 30 should be considered for higher protection. Although full protection doesn’t happen here, it’s ideal for people who spend only a short amount of time outdoors, like trips to the car, etc… Common products made with SPF include lip balm, foundation, and moisturizer.

A few easy switches in your daily routine could ultimately work to prevent skin cancer in the future. Share these tips with family and friends to potentially see the extreme numbers of skin cancer incidences finally decrease.