Now that mother nature has decided that it's almost time for SUMMER, here are some facts your going to want to know this summer to make it great.
It is well known that cumulative sun exposure positvely correlates with skin cancers. Many skin cancers can be prevented by limiting exposure to risk factors. Here's what you need to know:
- Minimize sun exposure between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM, when ultraviolet rays are the strongest
- Apply a waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more at least 30 minutes before every exposure to the sun
- If swimming or sweating heavily, reapply every hour.
- One of the biggest myths out there is that clouds completely protect you from the sun's UV rays: Apply sunscreen not only on sunny days but also on cloudy days (ultraviolet rays can penetrate 70% to 80% of the cloud cover
- Use sunscreen and protective clothing when you are on or near sand, snow, concrete, or water (they can reflect more than 50% of the ultraviolet rays back onto your skin)
- Avoid tanning booths; UVR emitted by tanning booths damages the deep layers of the skin, not just the superficial layers
- SLIP on a shirt
- SLOP on 15 SPF or higher
- SLAP on a hat
- WRAP on sunglasses before exposure to the sun