Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Sun Safety Tips

More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States and over 10,000 people will die from the disease each year. This number hits even closer to home when you consider that almost one in five Americans is expected to develop some type of skin cancer in his or her lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), so you should start sun protection even in spring.

Preventing skin disorders and diseases is easier than you think, it just takes a little bit of careful tips, and these effective protection tips can keep your skin healthy and moist.

Tip 1: Limit time in the sun, especially between 10am and 3pm. The sunburn during this time is the strongest. You’d better avoid going out during this peak Spring Break hours. Sun rays are stronger at higher elevations (mountains) and lower latitudes (near the equator).

Tip 2: Wear protective clothing. Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection from the sun’s UV rays. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one. Darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Notice that a standard T-shirt only provides SPF protection of 5 to 8. A broad-brimmed hat is essential for spring and also adds charms to romantic you.

Tip 3: Take along a few pairs of sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. Anti-UV sunglasses can provide almost 100% protections against ultraviolet radiation entering the eyes, and then can protect the tender skin around your eyes.

Tip 4: Using a protective sunscreen to minimize the penetration of UV rays is general but really useful! And Sunscreens should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before exposure followed by one reapplication 15 to 30 minutes after the sun exposure begins. You can reapply every two hours, especially during exercise or swimming. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more is quite important to those who spend much time outdoors, and is especially necessary to those who have sensitive skin, which will be burn easily. By the way, don’t forget your lips and ears!

Remember that the skin is the largest organ in your body and is your first defense against harmful pathogens. Care the nature of your skin in spring —a best season to enjoy the nature. You will be gorgeous as well as fresh outside in whatever season!