One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Here are some sun safety tips to help protect your skin from the sun:
1. Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
2. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible. Our favorite sun protective shirts are made by the BloqUV clothing line and are available to try on in any of our locations.
3.Ggenerously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 to all exposed skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreens, like those made by EltaMD SKINCARE, provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Stop by to try a sample today!
4. Reapply every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating.
5. Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
6. Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature aging.