As the weather is getting warmer and warmer, it is important to stay away from sun radiation as it increases the risk of skin cancer. While it is great to go out and take in all that vitamin D, don’t forget to wear proper protection as spending too much time sunbathing can increase the risk of skin cancer. Here are some tips that can help you enjoy your summer without worrying about the C-word.
Limit exposure to the sun
Avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m is important. At those hours the sun rays are too strong, and prolonged exposure can increase the risk of skin burns. Doctors mentioned that when people need to go out during those hours, they should wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics, hats, and protective sun lotion on all exposed body parts.
Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen
When you want to go to the beach, the best thing you can do to protect your skin is to use a sunscreen that provides protection against UVB and UVA rays. The UVB rays can cause sunburns, but the UVA rays are more dangerous because they contribute to premature aging and skin cancer.
It is better to Use SPF bigger than 15
The SPF is the level of protection against UVB rays. Specialists advise people to use a sunscreen that has SPF greater than 15. Beware of sunscreens with SPF 100 promising to block more than 99% of the sun rays. No sunscreen can protect you against sun rays 100%.
Reapply the sunscreen
Doctors recommend applying the sunscreen every two hours to make sure that you are protected against sunburns. Some products promise to protect users for hours on end. While it seems tedious to waste time re-applying sunscreen every 2 hours, remember that labels are not always 100 percent truthful, the effects of sunscreen wearing off rather quickly due to perspiration, swimming, use of towels.
What to do when you have sunburn
First of all, you have to take a cool shower to cool your skin. Then apply a cold compress on the affected skin. Don’t use any harsh soap and apply only gentle moisturizer without alcohol. You can also take ibuprofen to eliminate the discomfort. When you observe that you have a sunburn get away from the sun and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget, every sunburn is a step closer to getting skin cancer.
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