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Protect Your Skin Against The Sun (The Basics)

by Sandy Taylor

If someone were to ask you what the most common form of cancer is, what would you answer? 

Well, according to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation, the most common cancer in Canada is skin cancer. The number of people diagnosed with this condition grows every year, fortunately,not only is this form of cancer usually very treatable, but it is one of the most preventable.

How can we protect ourselves from this enemy and avoid being part of the statistic?

Know your Enemy

First and foremost, it is important to know the enemy. What exactly is the cause of skin cancer? The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation explains that it is due to our skin being over-exposed to UV radiation. 

There are two forms of UV radiation: man-made and natural. Man-made sources of UV rays, such as tanning beds and UV lights, for example, are easy to avoid. But unfortunately,staying away from the sun, which is the most significant natural source of UV rays, is not so easy.

Short of avoiding sunlight altogether, what can we do to avoid overexposure? Experts say the most important thing you can do is to cover yourself up as much as possible when going outdoors, and to use a good quality sunscreen. 

Here are a few sunscreen purchasing basics:

Sunscreen – A Literal Ounce of Prevention

As a general guideline, you should use approximately one ounce of sunscreen, applying it all over the exposed areas of your body, about 20 minutes before you go outside, reapplying every 2 hours. If you are sweating while doing exercise or plan on going swimming, use a sunscreen that is waterproof. 

Make sure to buy a sunscreen that is labelled as “broad spectrum”, meaning that it blocks the majority of damaging UV rays.

Additionally, it is essential to choose a sunscreen that will protect you for as long as possible. Verify the sunscreen’s intensity indicated by the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on the label. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

As you probably know, you can find quality sunscreens in drugstores and supermarkets, as well as online for added convenience. Ideally, look for skincare products that are paraben-free, and free of other common chemicals, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some examples of high-quality sunscreens which provide broad spectrum protection without undesirable chemicals can be found online at BeautySense.ca. Be sure to shop around, and read your labels.

Cover Up

Wearing a hat might not always compliment the look you`re going for, however, it will do wonders when it comes to protecting your face and head from the sun. Invest in a hat that makes you feel beautiful and can match several  outfits. Owning a cap is also valuable, especially if you exercise outdoors.

If you plan on spending long hours on the beach, you might want to invest in a rash guard. Some rash guards have an SPF of 100, giving you peace of mind as you bask in the sun. Many sportswear companies also sell casual clothing with an SPF value, letting you enjoy nature without the painful burn of the sun.

In this article, we’ve talked about the dangers and the sources of UV radiation, but most importantly, we’ve seen that it is possible to protect our skin by covering up and applying a good sunscreen. 

Get up, go outside, and enjoy the fresh air !Just be sure to put on some sunscreen before you do!

About the Author

This article was provided by Beautysense.ca, a Canadian online provider for professional beauty and skin care products. Founded in 2013, Beautysense.ca is 100% Canadian-owned and operated. They offer over 4000 products, backed by trustworthy advice from in-house estheticians.

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