Special Summer Edition: how to protect yourself from the sun

Are you going on your holidays but you are afraid of skin cancer? Read our next post.

The 13th of June is the European skin cancer prevention day, might seem like another day in the calendar, but it is fair to say that, as the effects of global warming increase, it will soon be a much more important day. According to the Skin Cancer foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from skin cancer before they turn 70 years old. Considering this, we are going to focus today on how to prevent skin cancer and how to protect ourselves from the sun.

Due to the hole in the ozone layer, the ultraviolet rays coming from the sun are much more damaging than they used to be, this is why it is of extreme importance that we try to reverse global warming. Experts recommend a few tips that we should always consider for cancer prevention.

It is paramount that we avoid sunlight or sunbathing between 12am and 4pm. This period is when the sunrays are most damaging to our skin. To avoid getting skin burned at the first sun exposure, experts recommend to increase sun exposure one day at a time, starting by only 15 minutes at a time, and increase it by 10 minutes each day after this. In addition to this, we should never use sun cream under factor 15, the cream should be applied 30 minutes before exposure as well as reapplying cream if we sweat a lot or after getting our skin wet. We should never use cologne, deodorant or makeup while sunbathing.

The most sensitive group is obviously the children, this is why experts say that children under 2 years old should not only apply sun cream but also have some physical barrier from sunrays. Nevertheless, children under 6 months should avoid sunlight at all costs, as it is the period when the skin is most fragile. Our most sensitive body parts are the face, neck, head, cleavage, feet and ears.

After sun exposure is very important that we take a cold shower and that we apply after sun cream to nourish our skin.

In a nutshell, we should not be afraid of sun exposure, we should always enjoy our time on a sunny day, but it is extremely important that we take the correct precautions for cancer prevention.