Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to be outdoors enjoying the warm sunny weather. It is, however, important to be sunsmart and aware of sun related health risks. And even though we have had a number of cloudy, cool days, you can still get more sun than you think, leading to a sunburn if you aren’t careful.
Too much sun can be damaging, but according to the Mayo Clinic, there are many factors that may increase your risk of skin cancer in addition to just being in the sun without sunscreen. Some include, fair skin, history of sunburns, excessive sun exposure, moles and a weakened immune system. The Mayo Clinic shares some helpful information on remaining risk factors.
When it comes to protecting yourself, it seems like common sense to say wear sunscreen and lots of it. However, there are more specifics that can help make your situation even better. Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when using sunscreen, use SPF 30 with UVA/UVB protection, wear protective clothing and sunglasses, and avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
You do want to make sure you get sun exposure, however, without sunscreen each day. Getting 10 to 15 minutes of sun during the early part of the day or the early evening will allow the Vitamin D from the sun to soak into your body without having to fight through the sunscreen to get there.
This is one of the best times of the year where you can feel footloose and fancy free, just make sure you are smart about soaking up the sun.
Our fall fairs will be here before you know it and it will be a perfect time to visit our free Skin Screening where experts will check for suspicious skin problems. You will also be able to take advantage of our Vitamin D screening to make sure you are getting the amount you need. Check our website often for dates and locations of the upcoming fall fairs.