Preventing Skin Cancer During California’s Summer
With the warm California Summer coming right around the corner, keep in mind the importance of skin cancer prevention. In fact, it’s not just Summer you should be worried about; protecting yourself from Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) should be year-round. UV rays from our hot, blazing Sun can reach you on gloomy and hazy days, just as well as bright and sunny days. Most people tend to forget that UV rays do reflect off of many surrounding surfaces like cement, sand, snow, and even water. If you think indoor tanning may be a safer solution to keeping up with the bronze, think twice! No matter if it’s a booth, sunlamp, or a tanning bed, indoor tanning can emit about 12 times more than tanning under the natural sunlight. What time frame is the best to avoid harmful UV rays and prevent skin cancer? Studies have shown the hours between 10 AM to 4 PM give off the most heat and UV exposure in the US. UV rays from the Sun are greatest during early summer and late in the spring season for those in North America.
What are some of the ways I can prevent Skin Cancer?
Since the discovery of skin cancer in 1970s The Skin Cancer Foundation has always encouraged the use of SPF 15+ Sunscreen as one of the most important parts of a safe sun-protection technique. However, sunscreen alone is just not enough! Read our full list of skin cancer prevention tips and tricks:
- Stay under the shade, especially during hot-zone times from 10 AM to 4 PM
- Do not burn! We’ve all been there. Falling asleep on the beach, soaking up the sun for a nice bronze and find ourselves waking up an hour later, only to realize you now have the worst sunburn of your life. Try avoiding sunburns by keeping yourself entertained with music, magazines, or a fun game of Candy Crush on your phone. If you do get burnt, apply for aloe vera sunburn relief immediately. Aloe vera is widely known as the “burn plant,” the ideal natural remedy for sunburn.
- Prevent the UV rays from ever reaching your skin by wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs. This may be hard for those who live in California during the summer. If so, consider wearing thin leggings or cut-off jeans/capris.
- Accessorize your outfit. Try baseball caps, wide-brimmed hats, a visor or sunglasses.
- Apply about 1 ounce of SPF 15 or higher to your entire body 30-minutes before going outdoors. Remember to reapply every couple of hours or immediately if you have finished swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep your kids out of the heat! Sunscreens should also be used properly on babies, toddlers, and children.
- Stay alert – Every month, examine your skin from head-to-toe. Look for any changes in freckles, moles, or color changes.