With the summer months still here, it is important to note the need for sunscreen in every day activities. Sunscreen helps prevent the skin from absorbing harmful UVA and UVB rays. These are the rays that aid in the diagnosis of more than one million cases of skin cancer each year. While every person is susceptible to the sun's harmful rays, there are a few people that need to take special care when in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
People who have fair skin, lighter colored hair (blonde, red or light brown), lighter colored eyes, easily burned skin, skin that always burns before tanning, skin less likely to tan, a previous history of skin cancer are all at an added risk this summer.
The key to skin cancer prevention is preventing the skin from absorbing those rays by defecting the UVA and UVB rays from the start. Sunscreens should reach an SPF of 50, for all people who have fair skin and for children, babies and older people. For the younger crowd, SPF 50 will work too, but a sunscreen of at least an SPF 15 is a necessity.
Taking the steps to prevent skin cancer today is at the heart of maintaining a beautiful body, mind and spirit. All it takes is a little sunscreen and a little time taken to apply that sunscreen to all the areas of the body, not just the face! The most commonly miss areas are the neck and back.