Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer worldwide, but the good news is that it’s also one of the most preventable. By taking simple steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. In this article, we’ll share 10 easy tips to help you safeguard your skin and enjoy the sun safely.

Wear Sunscreen Every Day:

Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend when it comes to preventing skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and hands. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating. Yes, this is vital even in the UK!

Seek Shade:

When spending time outdoors, seek shade whenever possible, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are strongest and most likely to cause damage to your skin. Bring along an umbrella, wear a wide-brimmed hat, or simply find a shady spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors safely. I am going to predict that we see more and more sun umbrellas in the UK as time passes, lets make them cool!

Cover Up:

Protect your skin by wearing clothing that covers your arms, legs, and torso. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics with a tight weave to provide maximum protection from UV rays. Consider wearing UV-protective clothing or clothing with built-in SPF for added peace of mind.

Wear Sunglasses:

Don’t forget to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunglasses labeled as “UV 400” or “100% UV protection” to ensure adequate protection for your eyes and the delicate skin around them.

Avoid Tanning Beds:

Indoor tanning beds may seem like a convenient way to achieve a sun-kissed glow, but they pose serious risks to your skin. Avoid tanning beds altogether and embrace your natural skin tone. Remember, there’s no such thing as a safe tan. Honestly? I think sunbeds should be banned.

Perform Regular Skin Checks:

Get to know your skin and check it regularly for any changes, including new moles, growths, or spots that itch, bleed, or change in size, shape, or color. Early detection is key to successfully treating skin cancer, so don’t hesitate to consult your Doctor or a dermatologist if you notice anything suspicious. Or you can book in for a skin-check with me.

Protect Your Lips:

Don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun’s rays by applying a lip balm with SPF. Your lips are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, so keep them hydrated and protected with a moisturizing lip balm that offers sun protection.

Stay Hydrated:

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Hydrated skin is less prone to damage from the sun, so be sure to drink water regularly, especially on hot days or when spending time outdoors.

Be Sun-Smart Year-Round:

Skin cancer prevention isn’t just for sunny days. UV rays can penetrate clouds and cause damage to your skin even on overcast days. Practice sun safety year-round, regardless of the weather.

Supplement Your Vitamin D:

Many of us are aware of the importance of Vitamin D now-a-days and I recommend all my clients supplement it to ensure they’re not deficient. (Even in hot countries, Vitamin D levels are a issue)

Set a Good Example:

Lead by example and encourage your friends and family to prioritise sun safety. Share these tips with your loved ones and inspire them to take proactive steps to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

By following these 10 easy tips, you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and enjoy the sun safely. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to protecting your skin, so make sun safety a priority every day. Stay sun-smart, stay safe, and keep your skin healthy for years to come.

Lou, The Skin Nurse