Everyone knows that too much sun can lead to skin damage. Not only are sunburns painful, they can trigger changes in the skin that can lead to melanoma. The greater the exposure over a lifetime, the greater the risk. By taking some common-sense precautions, like applying sunscreen, you can greatly reduce your future risk of melanoma and other skin diseases.
When to Apply
About 30 minutes before going out into the sun is the most effective time to apply sunscreen. This allows it time to soak in so that it doesn’t simply rinse off when you perspire. Reapply after swimming or exercising, and periodically throughout the day for best coverage.
Be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including the back, back of the neck, legs, and tops of the feet. Use care when applying sunscreen around the eyes, and consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. In extreme conditions or if you’re going to be out in the sun for an extended period, wear light clothing to give added protection from the sun’s rays.
Use the Right Sunscreen
Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays. An SPF rating of at least 15 is appropriate. It is not necessary to use one with an SPF rating much higher than 30. Be sure to shake liquid sunscreen well before applying. Spray-on or sticks should be applied evenly.
Finally, remember that while sunscreen offers some protection from the sun, the best way to avoid burns and overexposure is to seek out shade during the most intense hours of the day. During the mid-afternoon hours, seek out shade. Avoid sun damage this summer, and take good care of your skin while enjoying fun in the sun.
If you have any further questions about the benefits of sunscreen or about skin care in general, contact Alpha Care of Charleston, SC today!