How To Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage and Help Prevent Skin Cancer
These steps are designed for people who have a personal or family history of skin cancer. They are also going to be exceedingly useful to folks who just want to protect their skin and prevent sun damage in the future.
1. Use a daily moisturizer that contains UVB/UVA sun protection before leaving the house in the morning. This is something you should be in the habit of doing daily year round, regardless of whether it is winter or summer. Not only will it protect your skin from skin cancer, it will help protect it from sun spots and age spots that we develop from years of sun exposure.
2. When possible, wear long sleeve clothing. Some clothes come with a UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, and this is protection is meaningful. If it’s an option, choose it.
3. Wear a hat. Some hats don’t count, like baseball caps because they don’t protect the ears and straw hats because they don’t really prevent the sun from penetrating. Broad brimmed hats are ideal, and they must cover your ears too!
4. When you are going to spend time in the sun, apply broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen before doing son. You must also reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming, working out or sweating.
5. Finally, avoid outdoor activities during peak sun hours during the summer. This window is from 10 AM to 2 PM