Protect Your Skin from the Sun

With the summer in full swing, everyone is enjoying the outdoor weather. During these hot months, it’s important to remember skin care protection. Knowing the risk factors that can increase your chance of getting skin cancer can help.

Be wary of:

  • Past sunburns
  • Having a lighter skin tone
  • Skin that easily gets freckles or red in the sun
  • Having either blue or green eyes
  • Naturally blonde or red hair
  • A personal or family history of melanoma

In addition to keeping your skin cancer risk factors in mind, there are many ways you can actively prevent sun damage. The sun can affect your skin in as little as 15 minutes, so try these sun safety tips when you’re outside:

  • Wear sunscreen that provides protection from UVA and UVB rays all year, not just in the summer
  • Wear a minimum of SPF 15 and reapply frequently
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Wear a hat and cool, loose-fitting clothes
  • Stay in the shade of an umbrella or tree when outside
  • Try to avoid unprotected or long exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest

If you notice any abnormal moles or marks on your skin, make sure you see a dermatologist.