Sun safety is always in season. It is always vital to protect your skin from sun damage throughout the year - rain, hail or shine. Extensive amounts of sun exposure can cause sunburn, skin aging (such as wrinkles, leathery skin, or sun spots), eye damage and more seriously, skin cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that annually more than 80,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma of the skin, which is the most serious form of skin cancer. In order to prevent skin disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that you should be using a sunscreen that is SPF15 or higher. People of all skin shades, types and ages can be affected by sun damage and may be at risk of skin cancer - and you can never be too safe.
Here are a few preventative tips:
- Wearing clothing to cover up your skin when heading outside is important. Things like sunglasses, big broad-brim hats, long sleeves and pants.
- Limiting your time in the sun, particularly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as that is when the sun rays are most forceful.
- Using sunscreens with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) value of 15+ daily. Apply the sunscreen to all of the uncovered skin, especially your nose, ears, neck, hands, feet and lips. Avoid putting it near your mouth and eyes.
- Always read the label of whatever you put onto your skin. Your skin is so fragile and deserves to be taken care of.
One of the key reasons people avoid sunscreens is the fact that they are most often heavy and greasy. If this is your excuse, then at least go for a SPF 15 lightweight face & body lotion that is multi-functional. Skin MD Shielding Lotions have SPF 15 built into them and are non-greasy and fast absorbing. They multitask as a shield from the external world, so your skin will be protected from the sun, as well as pollution, harsh chemicals and over-cleansing.