Spring is here! It may not be time to put away the shovels and snowblowers yet, but it is time to bring out the high SPF! We all look forward to being outside on a warm day when spring comes around, but even in the spring, the sun’s rays can be harmful. Many of us believe that the springtime sun exposure is less dangerous than from the summer sun. However, UVA rays from the sun are consistent all year round-not just in the summer. As a matter of fact, the sun’s rays are the strongest at the end of the spring and in the early summer. Who knew?! Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer. It’s important to do what you can to protect your skin in order to avoid signs of aging, but more importantly to avoid skin cancer.
Below are some tips to make sure you’re adequately protecting your skin this spring:
Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time. They usually have a three-year expiration so be sure to double check the expiration date before putting it on to ensure you’re getting the most protection.
Unless you want super oily hair, most people do not put sunscreen on their scalp. If you’re a man who is balding or you shave your head, you should take extra precautions in the sun. Wearing a hat is a great way to prevent the top of your head from getting burned.
Your best defense against these harmful rays is with sunscreen. Use an SPF of at least 30 and be sure to re-apply every couple of hours. If you are going to be in water, you should apply more frequently.
According to the Skin Cancer Society, between 5 and 10% of skin cancers occur on the eyelids. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection are a great way to keep your eyes and eyelids safe