Going to the Beach? Don't Forget the Suntan Lotion

Heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun? If so, don’t forget to pack sunscreen. There are some serious consequences associated with too much sun exposure. This includes sunburn wrinkling, skin cancer and premature aging of your skin. The good news is that when you properly find and apntial of these serious consequences.

Melanoma – What is it?

This is the most dangerous type of skin cancer that you can develop and the number one cause of death related to a skin disease. Melanoma can spread extremely quickly and while it is less common than other types of skin cancer, the rate of cases is quickly increasing.

The development of melanoma is directly related to ultraviolet radiation and sun exposure, and is particularly prevalent in individuals that have fair skin, blond or red hair and green or blue eyes. Additionally, your risk of developing melanoma increases as you age. Some of the major risks of melanoma include:

  • Regular use of tanning device

  • Cases of blistering sunburns during childhood

  • Extended periods of time exposed to sunlight

  • Living at high altitudes or in sunny climates

The Dangers of Unprotected Sun Exposure

Sunlight is composed of UV or ultraviolet rays, as well as UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Each of these can cause damage to your skin during any long-term periods of exposure, which is why sunscreen use is so important.

When Sunscreen Should be Applied

Sunscreen should be applied approximately 30 minutes prior to entering the sun for ideal results. You should also reapply sunscreen if you swim or participate in a strenuous activity. In addition to sunscreen, protective clothing is highly recommended to reduce the chance of sun related problems.

Applying Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen correctly is much more than just slathering it all over. For superior protection, use these tips:

  • Shake the bottle well in order to mix any particles that may be clumped together inside of the container.

  • Use enough to cover your entire body.

  • Be sure to apply to all surfaces of your body that are not covered: legs, knees, shoulders, back ears, etc.

  • Apply thoroughly and thickly.

  • Use caution when applying sunscreen around the eyes.

When you go shopping for the perfect sunscreen, search for one that offers protection from all types of UV rays and that offers a sun protection factor of at minimum 15. Also take time to read the labels and ensure that the option you have selected is waterproof if you plan on being in the water.

With these tips you can use sunscreen to its full advantage and avoid the dangerous and undesired effects of long-term sun exposure.