By now, we all know that the sun’s rays can damage your skin, no matter the weather condition or season. Therefore, it’s important to wear sunscreen all year round – including on overcast days.
Wearing sunscreen regularly will reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. Australian Gold suggests sunscreen of at least SPF30 be used, according to the following guidelines.
#1 – How Do I Apply Sunscreen?
1 – On sunny days you need to apply sunscreen over the majority of your body. It’s easiest to apply it to your entire body before you dress so you don’t miss any key areas.
2 – Make sure you use at least one teaspoon of sunscreen per limb. You should use about 35 ml or seven spoons for your entire body. Apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go out into the sun, to give it time to bind to your skin.
3 – Sunscreen won’t be as effective if you apply too little, and you forget to reapply it. When you’re spending time outdoors in the sun, you need to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours.
4 – Also remember to apply it to spots that are easy to miss, such as the back of your neck, the tops of your feet and ears, and behind your knees.
5 – also need to reapply your sunscreen after you swim, you’ve dried yourself with a towel, or you’ve been sweating a lot.
6 – Take note that you shouldn’t be using sunscreen on babies under six months and that they should instead be protected by clothing and hats. Keep them in the shade, if possible, and don’t take them outside for too long on very hot days.
7 – Sunscreen is not the only form of protection you should use against UV rays. On summer days, also wear protective clothing, a hat with a broad brim, and sunglasses. When it’s excessively hot don’t expose yourself to the sun for too long, even if you are protected.
#2 – What Sunscreen Do I Use?
1 – You need to use a sunscreen that works for your skin type and that’s easy to reapply. Sunscreens for sensitive skin are available, and you can ask your dermatologist to recommend sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin.
2 – Fragrance-free products are also a good option if you have sensitivities, and you can even opt for a gel formulation if you want a lighter product that doesn’t leave residue.
3 – Sunscreen needs to be at least 30 SPF, water-resistant, and broad-spectrum. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both types of ultraviolet (UV) rays, namely UVA and UVB.
These ultraviolet rays both damage the skin, but in different ways. If you’re only going to be exposed to the sun for short times during your day, you may be able to use SPF 15, although it’s always recommended to use the highest protection just to be safe.
#3 – Warning Signs of Skin Cancer
If you find any suspicious growths on your skin, have them examined by a dermatologist or skin cancer specialist straight away. Skin cancer has the following general warning signs:
- Moles that change size, shape, texture, or colour.
- An inflamed or open wound that won’t heal.
- Melanoma can be a dark or multicoloured mole with irregular, flat, or elevated borders. This mole could also bleed and form a scab, or it could be a cluster of dark, shiny bumps.
Skin cancer can be treated if it’s caught early, however, prevention is always better than cure. Make sure that your skin is adequately protected, and that you use sunscreen all year round, but especially during the hot summer months.