If you don’t already use sunscreen every day, you should consider adding it to your daily routine. Sunscreens are products that contain several ingredients that help prevent ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. There are two different types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA and UVB, and we are exposed to them daily. These harmful rays cause gradual damage to the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Which Do You Pick?
There are many different types of sunscreen on the market, so how do you know which one to pick? When purchasing sunscreen, look for bottles that say “Broad-Spectrum”. These products are specifically formulated to block both UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you choose one with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher as well as one that is water resistant. A sunscreen with all three of these characteristics will help protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer.
When Do You Use It?
The short answer is every day, but many after-shave lotions and moisturizers have sunscreen already in them. These products are great for people who spend most of their time indoors. If you spend a lot of time outdoors or work outside, using a strong, water-resistant, beach sunscreen daily is a must. Experts recommend that it be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and is re-applied every two hours. Keep in mind, just one coat of sunscreen can’t provide all-day coverage, you will need to reapply it to stay protected.
Sunscreen is the first step in protecting us from the sun’s harmful rays. Skin cancer is a very real and very common disease. Thankfully, sunscreen allows us to enjoy the outdoors and reduce our risk of skin damage. Applying a high-quality product with SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum protection, and water-resistance will keep your skin healthy and happy.
Are You Checking Your Body?
In addition to daily sunscreen use, regularly examining your body for moles and irregularities should be a part of your routine. Early detection can make all the difference in treating and surviving skin cancer. But some areas of the body are difficult to check on your own. Our specialists at MoleSafe have been detecting skin cancer for over 20 years, let them be your trusted eyes for all your skin concerns. Learn more about our Skin Surveillance Program and contact us today to get a free consultation.