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Protecting Your Skin From Skin Cancer

Before you know it, summer will be here with the warm rays of the summer sun. These rays can be a blessing or a curse and, unfortunately, for some it brings on skin cancer.  While a day out at the beach or hiking in the mountains are great summer activities, exposure to the sun can take a toll on your skin, causing premature aging, dryness, and more serious skin conditions. With that in mind, there are a number of ways you can protect your skin as you get set to head outdoors.

1. Clean Your Skin

Before you even step outside your door, it’s important to take some necessary steps with your skin. One of those is to clean it regularly. Experts say you should exfoliate anywhere from one to three times per week so you can get rid of dead skin cells. By exfoliating, you’re rejuvenating your skin, leaving it better able to react to the sun’s rays. This may not have a direct impact on cancer, but it can help with aging. 

2. Hydrate, Hydrate and...Hydrate!

Hydration is vital to life. Our bodies are 80% water, and water is constantly leaving us but oftentimes not coming in. Water can protect cells from UV ray damage. Sadly, many people will drink sodas and alcohol at the beach which actually dehydrates them. Sunscreens can't be your only protection against the sun. Water will protect and heal your body in many ways, so let it do its magic, even if you aren't craving it. There are companies that offer skin hydrating products. I personally use Nu Skin.

Drinking water is a good idea no matter what season it is, but it’s especially important during the summer. It’s another way you can hydrate your skin, keeping it from drying out beyond the use of moisturizers. Drinking water also flushes out toxins in your skin, giving it a nice healthy glow.

3. Wear Protective Clothing

The more protection the better. This is often the first defense against skin damage from the sun. Wearing protective clothing is an absolute must during the summer. Clothing made specifically for the outdoors often come with a UV protection rating, so look for that when you buy. Make sure you wear light colors to avoid overheating. A hat is also extremely useful since it protects the delicate facial skin, and sunglasses are an excellent option for protecting your eyes.

4. Avoid the Hottest Hours

Try to only go out in the sun when rays aren’t as powerful. Avoid the hottest part of the day, which is usually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Do outside activities in the early morning or late afternoon when you can. That’s when the temperatures are cooler, the sun’s rays are weaker.

5. Apply Sunscreen

Never forget to apply sunscreen. A good sunscreen can help protect your skin, but make sure you do your research before you buy. Find a sunscreen that’s water resistant and has at least SPF 15 or higher. Also, make sure that it protects from both UVA and UVB rays, since many sunscreens only protect against one type. When you apply sunscreen, make sure you cover all of your exposed skin thoroughly. If you’re not sure if you’ve applied enough, apply more.

If you follow these simple suggestions, you won’t have to worry so much about the damage the sun is doing to your skin. You’ll be able to enjoy spending your time outdoors no matter what the season is. Protect yourself and enjoy!

Ashley  Erikson

Ashley Erikson

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