Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in both the UK and the United States and, each year, millions of people are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. With such alarming diagnosis statistics, we have to start getting serious about reducing our exposure to the sun’s UV rays. And, as we head into the hot summer months, it can be more difficult than ever to do this.
Not only does too much exposure to the sun lead to skin damage, it can also lead to heat stroke, especially in the elderly. If you are looking for ways to stay protected from the sun, keep reading for some simple, yet effective, ways to do just that!
6 Ways To Stay Protected From The Sun
Wear Protective Clothing- although long-sleeved shirts and long pants don’t seem ideal in the summertime, they will help protect your skin from the sun. Choose fabrics such as cotton which will also help keep you cool.
Wear Sunglasses- a quality pair of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. UVB and UVA rays can cause eye problems, including cataracts.
Limit How Much Time You Spend In The Sun- reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Plan any outdoor activities either early in the morning, or later in the evening.
Use Sunscreen- properly apply the right type of sunscreen before going out into the sun and be sure to reapply it as necessary, especially if you are swimming. When choosing sunscreen, select one with at least SPF 15 and that offers ‘broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays’.
Avoid Tanning- while a healthy glow might look good, there is nothing healthy about it. Avoid tanning and any excessive exposure to the sun. And remember, indoor tanning is not a safe alternative to sun tanning.
Know Your Skin- knowing your skin is important as you will be able to notice any abnormal spots that could be linked to skin cancer. Check often for any new skin markings such as moles, bumps, scaly spots, or places where your skin has changed color.
Contact Macc Care
To learn more ways that you can stay protected from the sun, contact Macc Care today!
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