How You Can Protect Your Skin from the Sun This Summer
Las Vegas offers plenty of outdoor activities for people young and old. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center encourages physical activity both indoors and outdoors—but if you prefer your fun under the sun, you must take the necessary precautions to avoid skin damage. Especially during the intense Las Vegas summers, protecting your skin is crucial.
Don’t stop at one application of sunscreen
Many people acknowledge the important role that broad-spectrum sunscreen plays in skin cancer prevention . Fewer individuals realize that sunscreen must be applied multiple times during the course of a day spent outdoors. If you intend to enjoy an afternoon at the pool, be sure to put on a second and even third application of sunscreen while you’re there. Outside activity that lasts more than two hours requires additional sunscreen coverage. Sports like swimming and running demand more frequent applications to replace lotion that has been sweated or washed off.
Relax indoors during the middle of the day
Sunburn happens quickly when the sun is directly above, and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is the prime time for the sun to produce the most damage. When possible, stay out of the sun’s way during the late morning and early afternoon.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat wherever you go
Skin cancer often develops on the parts of the body most commonly exposed to the sun. Though your arms, back, and legs may have a layer of clothing over them to block UVA and UVB rays, your scalp, face, and neck may have no such barrier. As an added means of protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are outdoors.
The cancer care unit at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers skin cancer treatment for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. Visit us today if you have a mole that shows any of the ABCDE’s of skin cancer: asymmetry, uneven borders, strange coloring, large diameter, or evolving appearance. For more information on our services, call (702) 233-5300.