In my professional opinion I would advise a client to stay completely out of the sun to take the up most care of their skin. In today’s day and age, complete avoidance is rarely an option. Our body needs vitamin d to function properly, originally vitamin D comes from the sun, but the body only needs 10 minutes of sun exposure everyday to receive the necessary amount of vitamin D.
Recently scientist have discovered how to incorporate vitamin D into vitamins and other products you may see today. The best way to lower your chances of getting skin cancer of course is no sun, but if you will avoid long time exposure to intense sunlight and avoid the sun between 10-4, seek shade as much as possible and if you exercise outside do so early in the morning or later in the day.
They actually make sheer clothes and hats that have uva protection in them.
Sunscreen is important also but make sure it is uva and uvb protection of at least 15 and re apply every hour and a half. Lips need sunblocks also and needs to reapply every hour.
Cover the face! You can hide your body with clothes but your face is what everyone looks at when talking to you, so it is the most important to take care of for wrinkles and pre cancerous cells. Men especially don’t forget your ears. They find thousands of skin cancers on the ears every year.
Here are a few extra tips you should also be aware of:
- Wrap on sunglasses: Wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
- Follow these practices to protect your skin even on cloudy or overcast days. UV rays travel through clouds.
- Avoid other sources of UV light. Tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous. They also damage your skin in other ways.
Here are a few skin cancers and what you need to watch out for:
- Squamous cell carcinoma – are thin flat cells that look like fish scales
- Basil cell carcinoma – a pearly or waxy looking bump
- Actinic Keratoeses- Actinic keratoses appear as rough, red bumps on the scalp, face, ears, and backs of the hands
- Melanoma-The most dangerous of all skin cancers A large brownish spot with darker speckles
- A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds
- A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black
The American cancer society website also has some great tips on how to be safe in the sun
Have a great summer and enjoy the outdoors by going to the beach or the lake, skiing, playing in the pool and even working in your yards, just remember to wear and re-apply your sunblock!