The benefits of the sun are indeed many as even your plants rely on them, but this sun is not a joke. Even if the sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, by being exposed too much, you risk endangering your skin due to UV light.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are 30 years since this situation has become an issue. Skin cancer has taken its toll on many people, and more than all other types of cancer combined. But if you respect a set of simple rules, you will be able to protect yourself.
Dr. Joseph J. Zaladonis Jr., who presently works at St. Luke’s University Hospital Network as chief of dermatology, says that the most efficient and simple way to protect against UV light is to avoid sun exposure. But if you still decide to spend some time on the beach, it is recommended to do it before noon and after 4 p.m.
In addition to this, clothing and beach accessories represent vital tools. Hats, long sleeve shirts, canopies, and umbrellas are part of the basic ‘battle’ plan you should prepare before going to the beach. During the day, in such a scorching heat is vital to have shade at any time.
SPF 30 sunblock is also very efficient as long as it is thicker than spray, waterproof and it has UVB and UVA protection. Compared to sunblocks, sunscreens are not waterproof, but as long as it is very thick, it is still considered an improvement.
According to Zaldonis, people should look for brand names before deciding what to buy. They also need to read and buy products that contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide. The correct way to apply the sunblock is 20 minutes before exposure and then again another layer at every 2 hours. It is known that people usually don’t use enough sunscreen, or they just use it once per day and without covering the entire body.
Thanks to research by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a list has been made of the people who are more predisposed to skin cancer. So be extra careful if you: 1. have light color skin or pale; 2. if your outdoor activities from your job lead you to frequent exposure; 3. had sunburn before, especially in early life; 4. had skin cancer throughout your family history; 5. have green or blue eyes; 6. have skin that becomes very red, or with freckles and especially if it burns quickly, all of these after sun exposure.
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