Skin cancer is a huge concern that has people scrambling for sunscreen, but it is important to note that sunscreen alone does not offer full protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, especially with the current condition of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Using sunscreens could be an effective way to protect our skins, but recent reports have revealed that some sunscreens actually contain dangerous ingredients, especially for kids.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to cut back on the fun during daytime. All you have to do is to ensure that your skin is protected without relying on only one method of sun protection, such as staying under an umbrella.
Here are some other effective ways you can combine together to protect your skin from cancer.
Use Sunscreens Properly
Like mentioned earlier, not all sunscreens contain dangerous ingredients and you will just have to choose the right product. There are a lot of tips available when it comes to choosing the right product but you just have to remember that higher SPF does not automatically mean better protection. Look for SPF 30+ sunscreen lotions that protect against UV-A and UV-B rays and, when in doubt, ask for a broad spectrum sunscreen.
Now that you’re armed with a proper sunscreen lotion, be sure to use it properly by reapplying it every two hours or as directed in the bottle. Reapplication is an important part of the process because the longer you are exposed to the sun, the more your sweat and other natural elements wash away the effectiveness of the product.
Use An Umbrella Or Wear A Wide Brim Hat
Using an umbrella or a wide brim hat will protect your head (including nose, ears, eyes, and scalp), neck, and shoulders — all sensitive areas of your skin — from direct sunlight. As an added protection, wear sunglasses that offer both UV-A and UV-B protection. These may be pricier than your usual sunglasses but the protection it gives our eyes is worth it in the long run.
Take Note Of Your Physical Condition
Have you taken any medications before leaving the house?
If you have taken any nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory medications like ibruprofen or naproxen before leaving the house, your skin is more sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. Take extra precautions.
Likewise, stay hydrated not only for your skin but for your own well-being, as well. Taking Vitamin D and other safe skin supplements will also help you protect your skin from inside your body.
Limit Your Time Under The Sun
As a general rule, try to avoid being out in direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. since the sun’s UV rays are strongest at those times. The World Health Organization advises everyone to “read the shade” and use it wisely. That is, the shorter your shadow is, the more urgent it is for you to find shelter from the sun.
If you do go out and forget one or many of the things listed above, take care not to burn.