Best Offense: A Good Defense
When it comes to sunscreen, there's no such thing as too much. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply a generous amount (about a palmful). Reapply after swimming, toweling dry, or perspiring. Don't think just because the sun's not visible, you can't get burned. Sunburn can occur on even the cloudiest of days.
There are other ways to cut down on your risk of developing skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society:
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Seek shade, especially in the middle of the day.
- Wear a shirt. Cover up with protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when you are out in the sun. Choose comfortable clothes made of tightly woven fabrics that you cannot see through when held up to a light.
- Wear a hat. Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck. If you choose a baseball cap, remember to apply sunscreen to your ears and neck.
- Wear sunglasses with 99%-100% UV absorption to provide optimal protection to the eyes and surrounding skin.