Being that May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, we thought we would just remind you ladies that taking care of our skin is of the utmost importance! Some things to keep in mind (some of which I didn’t know myself!):
UV exposure is greatest when the sun is highest in the sky between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is also greatest in the summer, at higher altitudes, and nearer the equator. Furthermore, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog.
Protecting your skin during the first 18 years of life can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78 percent. One severe sunburn during the first 15 years of life can double the risk of skin cancer.
The American Association of Dermatologists recommends that everyone follow these sun protection guidelines:
- Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest;
- Seek shade whenever possible;
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher;
- Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses; and
- Follow the “Shadow Rule” — if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn.
In addition, physicians recommend that you conduct a monthly self skin exam to check for changes in moles, warts and other blemishes on the skin, especially parts which are exposed to the sun. Detection is still the most important tool for catching skin cancer early—and treating it effectively.
Some ideas on keeping your skin protected:
A stylish pair of Sunglasses, make sure they have polarized lenses to protect your eyes! (Raybans)
You cannot go wrong with a stylish, wide brimmed hat. Not only do you protect your sensitive facial skin but you look super stylish while you’re at it! (Merona Packable Floppy Hat)
Always pack a sunscreen/ try to work a sunscreen into your daily regimen. Something oil free ensures you won’t break out but your skin stays protected! (Jack Black Oil Free Sunguard )
Your lips need protection too! Try a lip gloss or chapstick with an SPF higher than 15. (Lavanilla Healthy Lip Gloss)
What do you ladies use to protect yourself from the sun?!
Information via Cancerpage