Sun worshippers beware! You don’t need to hide under an umbrella in your basement to avoid the risk of Skin Cancer. In addition, there’s no reason you or your family shouldn’t have outside fun all summer long. As long as you use some common sense, and monitor your time in the sun (in other words, don’t fall asleep while you’re reading that book on the beach!) you should have no problem whatsoever, get that tan you’re after, and avoid the kind of sun exposure which can lead to Skin Cancer.
From ten am until about 4 pm, the sun is at its brightest. These are the times in which you should be most on your guard against skin cancer. Regardless of where you are outside (apart from being in the shade,) you can be at risk for serious sunburn. You don’t necessarily need to be at a beach, by the pool, or even lounging at all. More frequently, you’ll find that your worst sunburn could occur while you’re out in the backyard slaving away over those Daffodils. As we all know, it is far easier to lose track of time when you’re doing something you enjoy as opposed to just laying around, so if you’re hobby is that flower garden, than that’s your danger zone. Ladies, to protect yourself from skin cancer, wear a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. If it’s too hot for long sleeves, use a high SPF sunscreen. SPF fifteen is as low as you’re going to want to go, but you’re going to end up with a spectacular farmer’s tan, anyway, so you should probably consider just going whole hog and getting down with the SPF 45+. This will not only protect you from skin cancer, but also those embarrassing liver spots on the back of your hands, as well. Sun damage from overexposure wreaks more havoc on a woman’s body than just skin cancer. Even mild sunburns on a regular basis can cause severely dry skin, which emphasizes wrinkles and age lines, giving skin the appearance of not-so-supple leather gloves.
While there is an emphasis on using sunscreen during the summer months, there is also a danger of sun overexposure during the winter. Although frostbite is more prevalent, it is possible to get a sunburn in winter. It isn’t as much of a problem in the winter as in the summer because most people spend winters either indoors or covered up. Those who work outside in the winter however are at increased risk of skin cancer than are others. In winter, wear a hat and sunglasses. That will keep glare from the snow from increasing your skin cancer risk. Again, ladies, your best bet are any one of the number of moisturizers on the market which contain at least SPF 15 sunscreen. It’ll keep those age lines at bay, and reduce your susceptibility to skin cancer as you grow older.