It’s easy to help protect your skin from the sun, and below are six basic ways to do it.
1. Wear SPF sun protection daily.
Wear daily sun protection year-round, whether or not you plan to be in the sun. Make sure it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 15 or higher.
2. Stay out of the hot sun.
Avoid excessive sun exposure, especially when it’s strongest (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). A good indicator of these hours is the length of your shadow. If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun is directly above you and you’re more likely to burn.
3. Keep skin under cover.
Help protect skin with clothing like pants, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
4. Seek the shade.
Standing in the shade works like an SPF because it prevents you from getting full sun exposure.
5. Be aware of reflective surfaces.
Always keep in mind that water, snow and sand can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s rays.
6. Check in with your dermatologist.
Be sure to visit your dermatologist for regular skin cancer screenings.