Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us will be enjoying more time outdoors this summer season, and when you’re out having fun, it’s easy to forget to take care of your skin.
“It’s important to prevent sunburn, which can lead to long-term skin damage. Preventing sunburns decreases your risk for developing skin cancer,” says Paige Gernes, physician assistant, Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James. “One great way in which you can protect yourself is by using sunscreen. Sunscreen helps protect your skin by absorbing, reflecting or scattering the sunlight.”
When buying sunscreen, look on the bottle for the sun protection factor (SPF). The SPF should be 15 or higher. The higher the SPF number, the more protection the sunscreen provides.
“Also, keep in mind that sunscreen wears off, and so you should reapply every two hours, as well as after swimming, sweating or drying off,” says Gernes. “Skin cancers are the most common of all cancers, but they’re also highly preventable, and proper use of sunscreen is a major factor in that.”
Other tips for staying safe in the sun include hanging out in the shade; wearing lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and long pants; putting on a hat to shade your face; and wearing sunglasses.
Visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org for more information.
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Press ContactAmanda Dyslin