Did you know skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? With young adults being the most frequent population being exposed to the sun, it is important we protect our skin this summer (and year-round in Florida).
Check out these sun care prevention tips!
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. There are two types of harmful UV lights, UVA and UVB. UVA rays increase skin-aging and UVB rays contribute to sunburns. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects from both rays. Always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, UVB and UVA protection.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure and at least every 2 hours after. Reapply every hour when exercising or swimming because sweat and water can wash off even water resistant sunscreen.
Seek shade. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 am – 4pm. Limit exposure to harmful UV rays by avoiding long periods of direct sunlight. Try to take cover or spend time indoors during these hours.
Accessorize. Sunglasses and hats are great for fashion AND protecting your eyes and face from the sun.
Wear protective clothing. Don’t forget your shirt or cover-up!
Limit tanning. Avoid intentional tanning, including tanning beds. Contrary to popular belief, getting a base tan will not protect against sun damage. If you want to look tan, try a natural, sunless self-tanning product and keep applying sunscreen.
Eat your Vitamin D. Get your Vitamin D the healthy way! Add foods rich in vitamin D to your diet for a safer and healthier alternative to sunlight. This important vitamin is found naturally in egg yolks, cheese, soy milk, orange juice, and fatty fish like salmon and tuna.
Check sun damage with a medical provider every year. Early detection is key! Registered students can have low-cost consultations with a dermatologist by making an appointment with USF Student Health Services at (813) 974-2331.
For additional information on preventing skin cancer and parental resources, please see http://www.skincancerprevention.org. Let’s be proactive and healthy Bulls this summer!