Your skin is your largest organ. Shouldn’t you try to do all you can to protect it? Along with applying a healthy dose of sunscreen this summer, here are some other tips to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
Know Your Sunscreen
“SPF” stands for “sun protection factor.” According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreens with an SPF 15 filter out about 93% of UVB rays. The higher the SPF, the more of the sun’s rays that are kept from harming your skin. Sunscreens with an SPF 30 filter out about 97%. Sunscreens with an SPF 50 filter about 98% and SPF 100 about 99%. Try to use a sunscreen with the highest SPF to give you the most protection.
As Simple as a Hat
A hat with a wide brim that gives your face full shade should be just as important as your phone when you leave the house. This type of hat will keep your face and scalp from being exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which can harm your skin.
Avoid the Sun at Peak Times
The sun is strongest from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Try to avoid enjoying the outdoors during these times. Being outside during the early morning or evening hours can protect you and your family. It’s a bonus that this is also when it’s coolest outside.
Cosmetics Can Offer More Protection
Along with applying sunscreen, sun-safe cosmetic products can offer added protection. Some lip balms, foundation, and moisturizers include SPF. Chose products with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although these products won’t give you full protection, they are okay if you spend only a short amount of time outdoors, like when making a trip to the car.
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A few easy switches in your daily routine may help prevent skin cancer in the future. Share these tips with family and friends to help lower their risk for skin cancer, too.