Summer is the time of year that hospitals report the highest incidences of skin cancer. UV rays are at their strongest and many of us are outdoors during summer vacation. Here is a quick cheat sheet with all the info you really need to know about protecting your skin from sun damage. You can still go outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. Just follow a few simple precautions.
90% of skin cancers can be treated if detected in time.
Check your beauty spots everywhere once a month: face, scalp, arms, hand, torso, back and legs. 35% of skin cancers develop from pre-existing moles.
Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Choose a sunblock that ranges from SPF 30 to SPF 50.
Toweling off after a swim will remove most of your sunscreen. Be sure to reapply each time you dry off from a swim.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Opt for shade over direct exposure to sunlight.
Women develop the highest rates of skin cancer on the back of their legs. For men, it is the back.
Sunscreen comes in two forms: physical blocks and chemical.
Apply enough sunscreen to generously coat all the skin that will not be covered by clothing.
Clear sun protection sprays are ideal for reaching the top of the ears, the scalp and back of the neck.
Skin cancer can also form on the lips. To apply a lip balm that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30.
The best sunscreen is the one that you will use again and again. Choose one that feels the most comfortable.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 Plus WetForce, $49
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray, $36
Clinique SPF30 Face Cream Hybrid, $31
Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Spray Lotion for Body SPF50, $36
Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50, $37
Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant & UV Defence SPF 50, $50
These sunscreens are available in Canada at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com