Updated: Jan 1
As the days get longer and the temperature rises, it is important to keep in mind the importance of sun protection for your skin. Children are at the greatest risk of sun damage because they frequently play outside in the sun and in pools without wearing appropriate sun protection. This puts adults at lower risk of sun damage. Sun exposure is the primary factor in both the aging of the skin and the development of skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
Protecting yourself from the sun can be accomplished in a variety of ways; here are a few suggestions. Even on days when the sky is overcast, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to your skin. You should protect yourself from the sun by donning long-sleeved shirts, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You can also choose to remain in the shade, which is especially beneficial during the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak.
1. Applying sunscreen regularly is the single most effective way to prevent sun damage to your skin. Even on overcast days, it is essential to protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen. Applying new sunscreen every two hours is recommended, and additional applications may be necessary if you are actively sweating or swimming. Always make sure that the sunscreen you choose has an SPF of at least 50. I
2. When you go outside, you should always make sure to protect your head from the sun by donning a hat. Wearing a hat with a broad brim will shield your face, ears, and neck from the harmful rays of the sun.
3. Wearing sunglasses is yet another essential step you should take to shield your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun. Look for sunglasses that offer protection from ultraviolet light.
4. Another way to protect your skin from the sun is to stay in the shade. You should make every effort to seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are at their most intense.
5. Another method for protecting your skin is to wear clothing that covers most of your body. Wearing clothing with long sleeves and pants will prevent the sun from damaging your skin.
Always keep in mind that you should wear sun protection on your skin, regardless of the season.