Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? Spending time outside in the sun unprotected is a large contributor in why. Too much exposure to ultraviolet light can cause damage to your skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer. However, skin cancer can be prevented when you protect your skin correctly.

Here are a few ways to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Lather on the SPF

Applying a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is an easy way to prevent sun damage. Ensure that your sunscreen guarantees that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Always be sure to apply a thick layer to all of your exposed skin including hard-to-reach areas. You also must reapply sunscreen regularly as it does wear off.

Reapplying sunscreen after you have been swimming or sweating is important, as is reapplying no less than every two hours, regardless. It’s also important to frequently check your sunscreen’s expiration date to ensure that it is providing you with full protection.

Wear Protective Clothing

Avoiding sun exposure to your skin is another great way to prevent UV rays from damaging your skin. Wearing long-sleeved shirts or pants and skirts that cover more of your skin can help provide protection. Don’t forget about your head and eyes too! Wear a hat that adequately shades your face, back of neck, and ears. 

Protecting your eyes from sun damage is also crucial in maintaining your eye health so don’t forget your sunglasses at home!

Stay Shaded

The best way to protect your skin is to avoid the sun when possible. When outside opt for shaded areas under trees, umbrellas, or other forms of shelter. However, you can’t be expected to avoid the sun all the time so utilizing other protective measures such as sunscreen and protective clothing when you are under the sun’s rays will protect you from dangerous sun damage. 

When living in locations that receive high amounts of sunlight or where outdoor activities are plentiful, taking these protective measures is important. Whether you have been looking at Los Angeles homes for sale to head somewhere sunnier or if you just enjoy spending a large amount of your time outdoors, utilizing these tips will only benefit your health in the long term. 

If you have noticed a change in your skin or unusual moles, call your doctor today to schedule a skin screening.