Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Soak Up the Sun with SPF

With the upcoming July 4th holiday, many of us will be heading outdoors to enjoy our favorite summer activities. With that in mind, it's important for everyone to be reminded about the importance of proper sun protection. It may seem repetitive, but the fact remains that more than 2 million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, making it the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Skin Cancer Foundation

So while you are having fun soaking up the sun, remember to protect yourself from those harmful UV rays - the ones that can cause skin cancer, wrinkles, brown spots and spider veins. About 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure; therefore, you must protect your skin this summer! Remember these helpful tips: 

  • Use sunscreen. Apply a minimum of 30 SPF sunscreen or moisturizer that protects against UVB/ UVA rays (look for the term "broad spectrum") and is water resistant.
  • Use the right amount. Apply one ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply every two hours. Even if the label reads "water resistant:" or "waterproof," you still need to reapply every couple of hours to ensure sweat or water did not wash your protection away.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the hottest time of the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cover up. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, clothing and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Do not burn.

Enjoy your summer while staying protected! Remember a temporary tan is not worth the consequences of cancer. For more information about skin cancer, visit the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention or the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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