Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stay out from UV Rays

In some countries, summer is fast approaching, while in some, it is about to go full swing. This means harmful UV rays are also in. This article will remind you the importance of staying protected from potentially developing skin cancer.

As you go out and enjoy outdoor activities, be sure to be protected with a sun screen from SPF15 upto SPF 50. The new rules of FDA has limit the maximum value of SPF to 50 as no research shows that greater SPF will protect users even more. SPF 15 will only allow you to stay in the sun for 15 minutes without getting burned. Also, protect your lips with a lip balm containing SPF. Reapply these protections every 2 hours if you’re still out swimming or sweating out.

If you’re not out for swimming, you can avoid the sun between 10 am to 4pm when it is most harmful. In the middle of the day, the sun’s rays are strongest. If you really have to go out, you can bring in your umbrella or seek shade. Slip on your long sleeves to protect your skin and be sure that these clothes are tightly woven so as to not let any light get through your skin. You can also put on a hat to cover your head, face, ears, and neck. Sunglasses with UV absorption will also provide optimal protection for your eyes and the skin surrounding them.

By doing these even on cloudy days (UV Rays can travel through clouds), you are consistently protecting yourself from any kind of disease especially skin cancer.  Other sources of UV light like tanning bed and sun lamps will also damage your skin, so avoid this as well.

There are hundred more ways to prevent skin cancer, but it pays to learn and apply these basic prevention tips first before having to apply more serious treatments. 

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