It’s getting hot out there! Are you wearing sunscreen? If your answer was anything but yes, then we need to talk. The facts are that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and one in five people will develop some type of skin cancer in their lifetime.
And if that doesn’t make you want to slather on the SPF, read this: 90% of skin aging (like wrinkles and brown spots) is caused by the sun! The effects of sun exposure are cumulative – meaning they build up over time. So start protecting your skin today. Here are a few tips to keep you sun safe this summer:
- Apply sunscreen liberally and often – especially when in the water. Better yet: Wear a long-sleeve rash guard and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when rays are most intense.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them.
- Stay out of tanning beds. Indoor tanning significantly raises your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. Pale is beautiful.
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American Cancer Society – cancer.org