After a long cold winter, the spring and summer sun beckons. However, it is important to be smart about your summer sun protection. Over 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, and risk increases as we age.
Always wear a sunscreen when you are outside, even for brief periods in the sun. Better yet, make it a habit to always wear sunscreen. It is recommended that you wear a sunscreen with a rating of 30 SPF or higher. Sunscreen is designed to protect the skin from damaging UVB rays from the sun. While in the sun, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours. It is a good idea to replace your sunscreen annually. Always check the expiration date.
If you spend time in the water, be sure to dry off and reapply sunscreen when you get out. Water on the skin will dilute the sunscreen when applied. Even if you are wearing a “waterproof” sunscreen, it should be re-applied every 80 minutes.
If your makeup has a sunscreen in it, it is still recommended that you apply a sunscreen under your makeup. Many moisturizers on the market now include a sunscreen. And, if you are using clothing to protect your skin, remember that if you can see through the fabric, the sun can penetrate it. A hat is always a good idea to protect the top of the head, your ears, face and eyes. Wearing a good pair of sunglasses with a 100% UV protection will help protect your eyes from potential cataracts. A wrap-around frame will give you the most protection.
Enjoy you summer while protecting your skin!