Protect your skin throughout the year

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Typically, more people are outside enjoying the sunshine during the summer months.
However, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s rays year round.
The website recommends using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when participating in any outdoor activity. Use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when you will be outdoors for a lengthy period of time and reapply it every two hours.
The website also suggests wearing long-sleeved shirts, tightly woven fabric and darker colors, which can provide more protection. A broad brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses are also recommended.
Seek shade but not a tan, the website states. Tanning parlors present another danger, because the UV radiation emitted from indoor tanning lamps is more intense than natural sunlight.
Finally, the website encourages parents to protect their children’s skin and teach them about sun safety at an early age.
One of the most important reasons for sun protection is to prevent skin cancer.
The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, the website states. Each has been linked to periodic and chronic sun exposure.
Early detection is key, so anyone who notices discolorations in their skin should seek medical treatment immediately, the website states.
This summer, and throughout the rest of the year, always remember to put on sunscreen and take every precaution when in the sunlight.
Skin cancer is a serious ailment and taking preventive measures now will help ensure the health and longevity of a person’s skin.

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