Important Sunscreen Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer

Now that spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, it is time to take into consideration how you are going to handle the increased sun exposure.   It’s becoming more and more important to take care of your skin when out in the sun.  Since staying inside all of time is not a realistic option, then you must consider some other solutions instead.

Sunscreen has always been associated with being out in the sun for long periods of time, but scientific studies have shown that it should be applied whenever you are going to be outside, even when it is cloudy.  That means that yes, you should apply (and reapply) when you are hanging out by the pool, but even when you consider putting the top down on your convertible or hang your arms out the window you should put on some sunscreen.  Attending or participating in sporting events outdoors also require an application.

Now that we’ve determined that yes, you do need sunscreen, consider what kind.  What brand you choose is really a personal choice, but the thing you want to really look for is the SPF.  You shouldn’t pick anything less than 30 to give your skin the protection that it needs.  The label should also list somewhere that it has broad spectrum protection.  There AAD is currently looking to change how this product is packaged so it shouldn’t be too difficult in finding one that works.

Apply enough sunscreen to cover all areas that will have sun exposure about fifteen minute before you go outside to make sure that you get the most effective coverage possible.  If you get into the habit of taking care of all of this now as the weather is just starting to get warm, but the time summer hits you will have a good routine in place, and help to make sure your skin gets the care it needs to stay young and healthy.

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