Summer Sun Safety Tips

It’s hot outside and we’ve run out of things to do indoors. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers. Here are some ways to protect yourself while in the sun:

– Seek shade between 10AM and 2PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest
– Wear protective clothing like long sleeve shirts, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses to shield your skin and eyes.
– Use sunscreen everyday. Choose a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to reapply every two hours and after excessive sweating or swimming.
– Avoid tanning beds. Use sunless tanning products to achieve your desired glow.
– Don’t forget about water, snow and sand! UV rays can reflect off of these surfaces and cause damage to your skin.
– Early detection is key. Perform monthly self exams and visit your dermatologist annually to get a professional opinion. Make notes of any changes or questionable spots.