As a woman, preventing skin cancer and protecting yourself from the sun is an ongoing battle. Whether you are out and about running errands, hitting the beach, watching your family’s soccer game or out on the green enjoying your favorite golfing spot, keeping your health in mind should always be a top priority. With so many different methods of protecting your skin and preventing skin cancer, we thought it was about time to tackle this top specifically focusing on sun protection for women. Here are our top recommendations to keeping safe while out in the sun.
Avoid the Sun at it’s Brightest
Most of us don’t consider that the sun’s cycle plays an important part on how it can impact our body. If you are planning a day out in the sun, then trying to plan around the highest and brightest cycles can help to reduce your exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays. One common rule of thumb I like to follow is that if I’m hitting the beach, then I make a point to take a lunch break during the middle of the day and seek a shaded area to enjoy my meal, while waiting out the hottest parts of the day. I also enjoy an early morning round at my favorite golf course to avoid being out on the greens when it gets too late in the day.
Wear Sun Screen Year Around to help Prevent Skin Cancer
Wearing sun screen is common place in the summer, but did you know that most people don’t consider protecting themselves when it comes to the winter months? Just because the temperature on your skin is cooler and more comfortable, doesn’t mean the sun’s UVA and UVB rays have been diminished. So if you are a winter sports guy or gal, make sure you’re lathering up on all your activities, summer or winter. The American Academy of Dermatology offers a great article covering the FAQ’s of sunscreen.
Cover Your Skin
On of the easiest ways to protect your skin and preventing skin cancer is by simply covering up. While I agree that this is not the first thing I think of when I’m considering a hot day outside, I also know that finding the right balance of coverage and comfort is an important piece to enjoying a day in the sun. Have you ever noticed craftsman who work outside on a daily basis and are always wearing long sleeve shirts? That’s because it helps to prevent sun burns, sun exposure and hold in the body’s natural moisture. If you want to find out more about rated clothing for sun protection, check out this great resource at: Live Science and shop Sun & Colors Sun protection clothing.
Get Regular Checkups
A great way to make sure you are protecting yourself from skin cancer is to simply visit your doctor on a regular basis to get a checkup. It’s been my experience that doctors tend to do this during your normal checkup, but if you are worried about a spot, mole or area that seems suspicious, the best thing you can do is make an appointment and have your personal physician check it out.
While some of these suggestions may seem like a no brainer, I often times find myself rushing out of the house for a quick errand that turns into a full day adventure. In addition to my normal planning of a day at the beach, many times I’m out and about during the middle of the day, when the sun is the strongest. So next time you are heading out the door, make sure you have a backup blouse with long sleeves, a fresh bottle of sunscreen, or your handy Sport Buddy sun hat to make sure that you are minimizing the damage and impact an unprotected day in the sun may have on your health.