Don’t let the title of the article confuse you. Sunscreen definitely helps reduce the chances of developing skin cancer. However, many professionals throughout the field are now reporting that it might not be enough to protect you.
Before you go defending sunscreen, I’ll come out and say that using a sunscreen that contains SPF can definitely help fight off the effects of UVB and UVA rays. Doing so can also help prevent wrinkles from forming on your skin. Using sunscreen on a daily basis can definitely help but it’s not enough to completely prevent skin cancer from forming.
The good news is that many people today are taking more precautions and they’re more aware of the negative impact that not protecting yourself can lead towards.
All that being said, you would think that skin cancer reports would drop, however they’re not on a decline. Perhaps it has something to do with cheap travel options out there today or the ozone or global warming. The sun may be stronger today than it was just a few years ago. There are plenty of variables that can impact things. Whatever you do, you must be sure to do more than just wear sunscreen if you want to avoid getting skin cancer. I’ve got a simple list of things that you can take into consideration throughout the summer.
Sunscreen Isn’t Enough, So Start Doing These Things
Now that you know wearing sunscreen just isn’t going to cut it, might I suggest adopting the following tactics and doing them daily to beat skin cancer! I’ll kick things off with a simple list…
Go 30 or Stay Home
To not bore you with the scientific aspects of things here, I’ll just lay it out flat for you. In simple terms, SPF 30 is literally more than twice as effective as SPF 15. If you’re like the many people out there that don’t apply enough sunscreen, then you’ll want to know that using SPF 30 versus 15 can make a world of a difference. Using SPF 30 will block 97% of the sun’s rays which are the same rays that cause skin cancer to form. If you plan on spending a long period of time outdoors and you don’t have the patience to apply an SPF 30 sunscreen, then I suggest you stay home. Remember, not doing so is only going to make you look older and less attractive in future years, not to mention, it may hurt your skin.
Know What You’re Wearing
Sunscreens are not all the same, so don’t just head out to the local pharmacy and pick up the cheapest bottle of sunscreen you can find. All those SPF claims on the bottles, well, they might not be as accurate as you think.
The mega product review site, Consumer Reports, tested dozens of SPF 30 products (I believe 60 to be exact) and they found that 43% of the products did not meet the ratings that they were marketed as on the bottle. Some products didn’t even hit SPF 15 ratings. Now, if that doesn’t scare you then I’m not sure what will. You may be buying products that literally don’t do half what they claim to do, leaving you unprotected. I’d like to suggest that you take a look at this site and search for a product before buying it. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends products and what better way to protect yourself than buying a sunscreen recommended by them.
Wear Clothes That Protect Against The Sun
Your outfit matters more than you think. After a certain period of time, sunscreen becomes ineffective. This is exactly why you must wear clothes that protect your skin from the sun. You can do this by looking for clothing items bearing the UPF label of 30 to 50. The “50” means that only 1/50th of the sun’s rays are able to get through the garment to your skin. Does this make a difference? You better believe it!
The Shade Doesn’t Always Matter
Some people think that staying in the shade can make all the difference in the world. While it may keep you cooler, it’s possible that it doesn’t actually protect you from the rays out there. Certain elements such as sand, pavement, and water can all reflect rays back onto you. This means that even if you’re in the shade, you may still be exposed to harmful UV rays. This is just another reason why it’s so important to wear an effective sunscreen outdoors regardless of the amount of shade you get.
All these reasons should be enough for you to want to talk action against skin cancer today. The best way to fight it is prevention, do your part and you’ll drastically reduce the chances of acquiring it.