The studies have revealed that the number of people suffering from skin cancer has been risen to a remarkable extant during the last one decade or two. One of the chief causes behind is overexposure to sunlight. Rays emitted by the sun wreak havoc to the human skin, eye and impervious system. Experts believe that by avoiding UV damage, it is possible to prevent 4 out of 5 cases of skin cancer.
Espousing the following simple safety measures can make the difference. Clothing, brimmed hats and shade offer the best sun protection. Application of sunscreen on the exposed body parts further reduces the odds sun damage. However, the sunscreen shouldn’t be used to extend the period of sun exposure.
Limit Time in the Noontime Sun
The damaging ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun are extremely intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is advised to limit the exposure to sun as much as it is possible during these hours to protect your skin from sun damage.
Seek Shade Wisely
Try to find shade when UV rays are the strongest, remembering that shade structures for example trees, canopies or umbrellas don’t provide utter protection. Keep the shadow rule always in mind: “Watch your shadow – Short shadow, seek shade!”
Get into protective clothing
Wear a wide-brimmed hat. It protects your face, ears, eyes and neck. Sport sunglasses to prevent the damage to eyes inflicted by the UVA and UVB rays. Fitted clothes also reduce the odds of sun damage to remarkable extent.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Apply a generous amount of broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or more before going out in the sun; keep on re-applying every two hours, or after swimming, working, playing or working-out outdoors.
Avoid tanning parlours and sunlamps
Tanning beds emit the UV lights of almost the same intensity as of sun and are as much harmful for your skin as the sun-emitted UV lights are. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid tanning parlors and sunlamps.