How to Avoid Skin Cancer

How to Avoid Skin Cancer

Everybody, well, almost everybody, loves going outside for a little fun now and then. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a ski trip in the mountains, or just an afternoon spent out in the sun at a football game most of us are going to be out in the sun from time to time. Even without being outside for prolonged periods of time those little five and ten minutes in the sun to run errands etc. begin to mount up over time.

And you really want to become a complete hermit and never stick your head outdoors. We actually need a little sun from time to time to help our body produce vitamin D. The conclusion is we need a little bit of sunlight but not too much – so how do you protect yourself from the harmful effect of the sun’s rays?

If you are going outside and plan on being out in the sun for an extended period of time, especially if it is during the middle of the day – cover up? It’s really pretty simple. Clothing can provide a very good protective barrier if you are going to be outdoors for an extended period. But not all clothing is created equal when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. If it’s not too hot, long sleeve shirts or blouses and long pants or skirts are going to be your first choice simply because they cover more skin area. There are a number of clothing products on the market today that are manufactured to be worn in very hot weather but allow you to stay cool and also provide excellent UV protection.

If you are going to be out in a very hot bright day for an extended period of time you may want to consider in vesting in some of these excellent protective products. Some manufactures include labels that allow you to rate the effectiveness of the garment, just like you do when shopping for sunscreen. And don’t forget to wear some SPF 15 or higher sunscreen on those areas like your face and neck that aren’t going to be covered by clothing.

Skin cancer can be avoided by most people, you just have to be sensible and start when you’re young. All those sunspots that show up when you 40 got their start when you were on the beach in your 20’s.

How to Avoid Skin Cancer

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