It is so important to protect our skin year round. After all, it is the LARGEST organ of the human body! Hopefully in the upcoming weeks and months, we will all be showing a little more skin, but we need to remember to protect it daily. Nevermind the fact that UV rays account for 90% of facial aging (YUCK!), they also cause cancer.
Skin cancer? Nah, not me. I won’t get that.
That’s what I used to think, too, until I had a skin cancer scare! Luckily everything checked out just fine, but I was worried for several weeks awaiting lab results after lab results. Skin cancer is no joke. We don’t hear about it nearly as much as we hear about other types of cancer, but it is the #1 most common type of cancer. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the US.
You are at risk of skin cancer if:
- You’ve had unprotected or excessive exposure to UV rays in the sun or a tanning bed.
- You’re fair skinned.
- Someone in your family has had skin cancer.
- You have multiple or unusual moles.
- You’ve been sunburned in the past.
How to protect yourself:
- Wear clothing that covers and protects you.
- Wear a hat.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to exposure and reapply every 2 hours when sweating or swimming.
- Seek shade, especially between the hours of 10AM-4PM.
- Use SFP 30+ on skin and lips even on hazy, cloudy days. Lots of moisturizers and foundations have SPF built in.
- Wear sunglasses with SPF protection.
- Get an Air-Tan. It will give you your perfect shade of tan with NO cancer.