As summer is approaching, it’s so important to think about sun safety tips. I always try to stay safe in the sun, but more so now since my experience with skin cancer. With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is America’s most common cancer.
Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to stay safe in the sun. Truthfully, there are days I want to hide inside from the sun’s rays for fear I’ll develop a new skin cancer spot. However I know I cannot live a life indoors and that there are ways to stay safe in the sun.
Check the UV index
UV Radiation from the sun can cause skin cancer, premature aging, skin damage, and eye damage. You can check your location’s UV index online, which provides a forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun.
Use high quality sunscreen
To reduce the risk of skin cancer, skin damage, and sunburn – wear sunscreen everyday! Make sure to use good quality sunscreen with UVA on the label and SPF30 or higher. Apply 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
Wear sun protective clothing. It’s crazy to think that clothing is one of the most effective forms of protection against sun damage and skin cancer. A fabric must have a UPF of 30 to qualify for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. A UPF of 30 to 49 offers very good protection, while UPF 50+ rates as excellent. There are so many options for sun protective bathing suits for the family and clothing items for all occasions - just google Sun Protective Clothing!
Protect your lips and eyes from the sun
Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light. Wear your sunglasses and a wide brim hat when outdoors. The sun can cause eyelid skin cancer and other serious eye conditions (such as cataracts). I also like to wear lip gloss with SPF 40 on a daily basis.
Don’t forget: The sun shines through the clouds. It’s important to protect your skin on a cloudy day since 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds. If you’re going to be outside on a cloudy day, throw on some sun protective clothing and a little sunscreen!
Caitlin Houston is a Wallingford blogger and mom of two who loves sharing all of her favorites on the Caitlin Houston Blog. Learn about fun activities at home, family friendly travels, easy recipes and more.