skin cancer prevention

Sun Safety: Why is SPF Important?

Sun Safety: Why is SPF Important?

From sun-kissed to sun damage, it’s long been debated whether the sun is more  harmful or helpful for your skin, body, and overall health. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so we want to highlight a few skin cancer prevention tips and steps on how you can stay safe in the sun to protect the health and beauty of your skin.  

There’s no doubt that the sun provides multiple benefits, from killing bacteria to providing vitamin D, but exposure to burning sun rays on your body and skin can be extremely harmful. UV radiation disrupts the DNA in your skin cells, resulting in photoaging, the premature aging of your skin caused by damage from the sun. Photoaging or sun damaging can be marked by wrinkling, pigmentation change, loss of skin elasticity, rough uneven skin texture, broken capillaries (spider veins) and red and blotchiness of your skin. In addition, the harmful effect of unprotected sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer. Did you know 90 percent of the non-melanoma skin cancers occur due to exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun? The more often you are burned, the more damage is done, and the danger of developing skin cancer doubles. 

Sun Safety 

There are different ways you can practice sun safety to lower your risk of the short and long term consequences of sun burn.. In addition to staying in the shade, it’s important to use a quality SPF of 15 or higher, and wear sunglasses, a hat, and clothing that can cover you up. These minor changes to your routine can help you immensely. Let’s discuss some of these skin cancer prevention and sun safety tips in detail. 

Use Quality SPF

Whether you like it or not, sunscreen is a must. If you want to save your skin from sun damage, keep your precious skin protected by applying a quality sun protection factor (SPF) formula sunscreen every time you go out.
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It’s also important to remember that sunscreen wears off, so re-applying every 2-3 hour is key. 

Take Breaks & Cover Up 

Be mindful that sun rays are strongest between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm, so if possible, it is best to monitor sun exposure during these times. If you do end up in the sun, be sure to take breaks to sit under shade or ensure that you use preventive measures to protect your skin from the sun such as covering your body with clothing and accessories to help block the sun. Don’t forget a hats and sunglasses to cover your ears, neck, eyes, scalp, and other exposed skin areas around your face! 

Take breaks, drink water, moisturize your skin, and intake cold items whenever you get time. 

Routine Self-Exams

Self-examination is one of the most practical and helpful measures you can take to diagnose skin cancer at an early stage. Dermatologists advise that you look at your skin once a month and get acquainted with any freckles, moles, or other skin abnormalities. This may help  you in detecting any changes in your skin.
Visit your doctor once a year for skin checks and ensure that you notify them of any variations or problems you’re having. You can do this self-exam on your skin anywhere. All you need is a mirror and plenty of light. If you’re wondering how to perform a skin cancer self-exam, you can always check the demonstration and step-by-step guide on AAD’s page

Although we all love to soak up the sunshine, too much exposure can lead to dangerous consequences for your skin and overall health. When you do inevitably spend time in the sun, it is important use these sun safety tips  to avoid direct sun contact with your skin and ensure that your smooth, silky, and sensitive skin remains the way it is. Beautiful than ever. 

Throw your SPF in your handbag (and don’t forget to use it), and plan your next outdoor trip without delay or worry. Shop Artisan Beauté’s line of skincare products, including quality SPF!

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