School is back in session, and it is time for fall sports! Just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays are any less dangerous. Often people forget that the sun is strong year- round and no matter what you’re doing you can get sunburned, even if it is cloudy!
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. But there are ways to prevent skin cancer and protect yourself from wrinkles and lines!
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you and your family use, water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. In addition to wearing strong sunscreen, the AAD recommends you take the following steps to protect your skin:
- Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade
- Dress to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a lightweight long-sleeve shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
- Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun.5
- Avoid tanning beds Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, you may wish to use a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
Applying sunscreen once is helpful but it will not guarantee extended protection. In addition to the above steps, it is important that you apply sunscreen evenly and often. For reference most water resistant sunscreens last roughly 60 minutes, if you plan on being exposed to the sun for more than 60 minutes, you should apply a second coat, and continue to reapply accordingly.
So this season, when your athlete is out on the field make sure they wear sunscreen, and continuously reapply. If you’re sitting in the bleachers cheering them on, be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, lip balm and wear your sunscreen!
Source American Academy of Dermatology