admin - July 26, 2013
It’s the heart of summer, which also means it’s the time of year when the sun’s rays are the most intense. According to the UV Index developed by the National Weather Service, July is the month with the highest monthly average UV radiation intensity across the United States. Now more than ever, your skin is at risk for dangerous sunburn. (Note: after five or more sunburns, a person’s risk of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – doubles).
If you want to make sure your risk of melanoma doesn’t increase and you never have to deal with red, painful, peeling, or even blistering skin ever again, follow the below tips:
1. Avoid the strongest rays.
The strength of the sun’s rays reaches its daily peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you can, stay out of the sun between these times. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you lather up with plenty of sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses or stay under an umbrella.
2. Don’t settle for the minimum.
Just because you’re wearing sunscreen doesn’t mean you’re protected. To ensure your skin is safe, make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 or higher. Also, be sure to choose a water resistant sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum coverage. This means it will shield against both UVA and UVB rays. Lastly, apply at least one ounce of sunscreen to your full body and a tablespoon to your face.
3. Don’t wait to apply sunscreen.
To fully protect your skin and get the most out of your sunscreen, apply it before you go out in the sun. Prevention Magazine says that it takes about 15 minutes for your skin to fully absorb the sunscreen.
4. Reapply often.
Think you can apply sunscreen once and be covered for the rest of the day? Not necessarily. The minute your skin is exposed to the sun, the UVA-blocking ingredients in the sunscreen start to break down. It’s recommended that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours you while in the sun.
5. Eat more tomatoes.
Tomatoes are packed full of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin against sun damage. Put more tomatoes into your diet to give your skin that extra protection it deserves.
6. Stay hydrated.
The sun’s strong rays can not only make you sweat, they can dry up your skin. Drink lots of water or other fluids to keep your body hydrated. Even better – try fruits loaded with water, like watermelon. This juicy fruit contains 9 ounces of water in one large wedge!
You have the power to protect your skin from going through yet another painful sunburn this summer. Those of us at Life Line Screening urge you to take action this year so your risk of melanoma (and other skin cancers) doesn’t increase.