Why should you protect your skin from the sun? Here are the reasons why we should avoid basking in the sun too much.
Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer nowadays. In the United Kingdom alone, there are at least 100,000 new cases of skin cancer annually.
People most at risk of skin cancer are those with large numbers of moles or fair or freckled skin, and particularly those with light colored eyes and fair or red hair. People with this skin type also tend to burn before they tan. People with dark skin that tans easily are less at risk. People with black, Asian and Mediterranean complexions are least at risk.
It is in this regard that health experts and medical practitioners alike are encouraging us to protect ourselves against the sun. Here are four simple ways that we can do so:
- Stay away from the sun especially in the middle of the day (approximately from 10 a.m. to four p.m.) when the sun is at its hottest.
- Block. Use sunscreen lotions or those with Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Using SPF 15 or higher is recommended.
- Cover up. Hats, sunglasses, sun visors and protective clothing will provide effective barrier to sunlight.
- Speak out. Help promote awareness regarding sun protection and the dangers of too much sunlight.
So next time you wanted to ride the hype of sunbathing and tanning, remember that no amount of beauty can compensate for your life.