Skin cancer is the number one diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. Even if you just get a tan, you are putting yourself more at risk for this disease. You can still have fun, but you have to stay safe in the sun!
Too much sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer, cause dehydration, and can cause premature skin aging. August is Sun Safety Month. Follow these tips to enjoy your daytime summer adventures. Remember to help kids follow these tips too. Sun safety starts young!
1. Wear Your Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is an important part of sun safety. It not only helps to prevent painful sun burns, but also reduces your risk of skin cancer by blocking harmful UV sunlight. There are many options including sprays, creams, and sticks. Make sure to wear SPF 30 or higher if you're going to spend a whole day outside.
2. Wear a Hat and UPF Clothing
UPF clothing blocks the sun's rays, similar to sunscreen. Unlike sunscreen, it doesn't wear off! UPF clothing is great for hikes, beach days, and yard work. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep even more sun off of your skin. You will still need to wear a bit of sunscreen as clothing doesn't cover every inch of your body.
3. Know Medication Side Effects
Some medications make you more sensitive to the effects of the sun, including ciprofolaxacin, simvastatin, and even Benadryl. This could mean an increased risk of skin damage or sun cancer. If you're taking any medications that you've gotten a great discount on from us here at RxLess, make sure to read all information, including the side effects, to find out if you need to take extra care in the sun.
4. Find a Shady Spot
Especially during the sun's strongest hours between 10am and 4pm, make sure you have access to shade outdoors. It could be a spot under a tree, under a beach umbrella, or under an awning. This helps to reduce your sun exposure.
5. Stay Hydrated
The sun heats things up and can increase the risk of getting sun stroke, also known as heat stroke. Staying hydrated can cool down your body and keep you healthy while you enjoy the summer heat. Drinking water helps you sweat more, which keeps your body temperature down.
6. Wear Sunglasses
Don't forget to protect your eyes from the sun too. They protect the delicate features of your eye from the same UV rays as sunscreen and UPF clothing. You should even wear them in the winter as snow can reflect sunlight right into your face.