Everyone spends time in the sun whether it’s lounging by the pool, exercising, or just driving your car. Unfortunately, all of that sun exposure can have negative effects on your skin. The sun can cause wrinkles, age spots, cancer, and more.
Here are some ways to protect yourself:
- Even though we have hair that covers our scalp, it is still possible to get skin cancer there. It is best to wear a hat or put sunscreen on your head if you don’t have hair.
- If you want to keep your face looking young and free of wrinkles, make sure to use a daily sunscreen with "broad-spectrum" protection again UVA and UVB rays and a SPF of at least 30. Remember to use some on your ears and use a lip balm with sunscreen to protect your lips.
- The sun can damage your eyes causing cataracts and macular degeneration. It is best to choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and 75% to 90% of visible light.
- The back is among the most common locations for melanoma, especially among men. So always apply sunscreen when going shirtless and regularly check for melanoma.
- The backs of your hands get sun exposure every day resulting in cancer, dark spots and thinning, crinkled skin. Use sunscreen on your hands every day.
- Legs are a common melanoma spot for women. Do not tan unless you’re using a self-tanner. Always apply sunblock when going out bare-legged.
- Though it's not common, you can get skin cancers on the soles of feet. Be sure to apply sunscreen on your feet and if you get them, wet reapply it.
You only get one skin, so treat it the best you can.