It’s important to do all you can to keep your skin safe. And there are a number tactics you can incorporate into your fun in the sun to keep your skin protected and prevent the harmful effects of sun exposure.
- In addition to using an effective sunscreen, avoid sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) when the sun is most intense. Schedule that tennis match early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
- Watch out for reflected light from water, sand or snow, which intensify the sun’s rays.
- Wear a broad-rim hat to keep sunlight off of your head and neck and sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes and surrounding skin.
- Avoid “base tans” and sunburns — getting five or more during your teens can raise melanoma rate by 80 percent. Acute sunburns are often linked to melanoma. And while a bad sunburn will heal in a few days, the real damage may be felt decades later.