With the sun shining and the weather getting warmer, it’s important to start thinking about how to protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States, and it’s important to take steps to protect yourself from it.
Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your skin from the sun. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it liberally to all exposed skin. You should also reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you are sweating or swimming.
Another good way to protect your skin from the sun is to wear protective clothing. Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants made from a light-colored, breathable fabric. If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face, neck, and ears.
You can also protect your skin by trying to stay in the shade as much as possible. If you are going to be outside for an extended period of time, seek out a shady spot to rest in every so often.
Make sure to drink plenty of water when you are spending time outside in the sun. Dehydration can exacerbate the effects of the sun on your skin, so it’s important to stay hydrated.
Finally, remember to check your skin regularly for any changes. If you notice anything unusual, make sure to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. The ABCDs of checking your mole is to look for ones that are asymmetrical, have irregular borders, are more than one color, have a diameter larger than a pencil eraser, or are evolving.
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