Skin cancer can be a real thing due to over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Spending too much time in the sun without proper sunscreen or protection can lead to this serious issue. But that’s not the only way, the use of tanning beds and sunlamps can lead to skin cancer as well. While you should avoid tanning beds and sunlamps at all costs, it’s impossible to avoid the sun. How do you prepare for a day outdoors? Follow these simple steps to protect your skin by applying sunscreen the right way before exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
When Should I Apply Sunscreen?
Sunscreen should be worn everyday when you are planning to spend time outside. The sun’s harmful UV rays are emitted no matter the time of day or weather forecast. When spending time in snow, sand, or water the sun’s UV rays are increased because of the reflection. So everyday you are outside, be sure to apply sunscreen to any area that may be exposed no matter what your weather person is calling for on any particular day.
What Sunscreen To Use?
When picking out sunscreen be sure that you pick out one that is 30 SPF or higher. Another thing to look out for is making sure that your sunscreen is broad spectrum. As a general rule you will always be told to let your sunscreen soak in for 15-30 minutes before you get in the water. By following these three simple steps, you will be on the right track for an appropriate sunscreen. Another thing to be aware of is that sunscreen has an expiration date so examine your sunscreen for that date.
Apply Enough Sunscreen
When applying sunscreen on a daily basis, the average person does not apply near enough of the recommended amount. Most people wear less than half of the recommended one ounce of sunscreen for the entire body. It is also important to remember to cover the random parts of your body like the tops of your feet, your ears and your lips. Be sure to apply sunscreen to dry skin, every two hours, when spending time directly in the sun.
Stay In The Shade Or At Home
The shade is your best friend from the sun on a sunny day. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 o’clock in the morning and 2 o’clock in the afternoon. During this time be sure to seek the shade as much as possible. A swim shirt is another way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays if you are at the pool or at the beach during this time.
Different Types Of Sunscreen
First of all, using a lotion or cream is best on your face, especially if you have dry skin. You can also use sticks when applying around your eyes and make sure to use SPF 30 or greater chapstick for your lips. Creams also are preferred on the rest of the body but sprays may be used when needed. When using a spray be careful to apply thoroughly because it is easy to miss areas and always apply more sunscreen than you think you need to be careful and protect your skin with extra coverage.
Is Tanning Oil Bad For You?
Tanning oil can be very dangerous when it’s applied in the wrong way! Tanning oil is designed to make you tan faster but for the most part, it accelerates a burn process. If you feel like you have to use tanning oil, be sure that you also combine a SPF 30 or greater sunscreen with your oil.
15 vs 75 SPF
The higher the SPF number, the stronger your UV protection is and this also decreases the number of times you need to reapply. The sunscreen reapplication process is one step that is forgotten by most people. As a general rule, you should reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours when outdoors.
Sunscreen and Vitamin D
The use of sunscreen does influence the amount of Vitamin D that you are receiving. Sunscreen will reduce your skin’s production of Vitamin D the more sunscreen you wear. Any concerns that you might have about your Vitamin D production should be discussed with your doctor. There are multiple ways to increase vitamin D production without the risk of over-exposure to the sun. Supplementation under the care of a physician is preferred over relying on the sun for your vitamin D. Don’t feel like you have to go outside just to get enough important vitamin D.
Sunburn Treatment Information
Spending a whole day in the sun without sunscreen will definitely lead to a sunburn. When you know that you are burnt, one of the most important things to do is stay out of the sun as much as possible. Be sure to apply plenty of moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, which will help with some of the discomfort. Drink plenty of water and cold showers will also reduce the heat of your skin.
Skin Cancer Awareness
Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and it can be avoided with appropriate sunscreen application. Above is a long list of how to correctly use and apply sunscreen as you spend time outside this summer. If you have any questions regarding the best sunscreen for you or you have dermatological concerns call the professionals at Associated Dermatologists. Our team of experts would be happy to help you with any questions you might have. Call us at 205-853-3960.