As you spend your weekend attending your favorite outdoor festival, it’s important to remember to protect your skin from too much sun exposure.
5 facts to consider about sun exposure and skin cancer:
- Having as few as 5 sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma.
- Melanoma is responsible for most skin cancer-related deaths; one American dies of melanoma every hour.
- Skin cancer affects any area of the body, but is more common on sun-exposed locations, such as the face, ears and hands.
- A “base tan” does not protect you from sunburn or sun damage, but actually increases your risk of skin cancer.
- Eyes are susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun; cataracts can be caused by sun exposure.
3 of the most common mistakes people make when using sunscreen are:
- Not applying enough sunscreen
- Not reapplying sunscreen
- Avoiding exposed, but sensitive areas, such as the lips or ears.
6 tips to protect your skin and avoid sunburn:
- Choose a sunscreen that offers the following: broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB protection), SPF 30 or greater, and water resistance
- Seek shade! The sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before swimming; make sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors.
- Use protective barriers, such as sun-protective clothing and wide-brim hats. Long-sleeve fishing shirts, rash guards and pants are great options for long, sun-filled days.
- Wear sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection.
- Remember, clouds and water DO NOT protect against the sun’s rays. Clouds only block up to 20% of UV rays. UV effects are magnified when reflected off of snow, sand and water.
4 picks to protect yourself this summer:
- Elta MD UV Pure SPF 47
- Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby SPF 60
- Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin SPF 30
- Vanicream Lip Protectant SPF 30