Picnics, swimming and sports are great activities to enjoy in the summer. However, it is important to protect yourself from the sun’s potentially harmful rays. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and its deadliest form, melanoma, is on the rise. The following information can help prevent some of the dangers of sun exposure.
Sun Safety Do’s
o Cover up with hats, shirts and sunglasses.
o Get regular skin checks by your dermatologist or naturopathic doctor.
o Always wear sunscreen when outdoors.
Sun Safety Don’ts
o Don’t use tanning beds.
o Don’t rely on just sunscreen. Wear protective clothing too.
o Limit exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Choosing A Sunscreen
o Choose SPF 30. Higher SPF than 30 is not always better.
o Avoid sprays. They are not safe to inhale.
o Avoid ingredients oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.
o See the EWG website for the 2017 sunscreen guide.
Following this simple guide to summer sun safety can help to prevent your risk of developing skin cancer and will make your time in the sun more enjoyable. If you have questions or would like to have a professional evaluate your skin, contact a naturopathic doctor at Bastyr University Clinic.
By Emily Lesnak, ND, Bastyr Center for Natural Health