Sunscreen, you should be using it, but chances are you’re not. A 2013 survey by the CDC showed that only 14.3% of men and 29.9% of women put sunscreen on their exposed skin and face when outside for more than an hour. That’s not good and the results are predictable. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the US and about 1 in 5 will contract a form of it. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, isn’t it time you started taking care of it?
One of the simplest things you can do to protect yourself is to wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. It should also have broad spectrum protection, that is, protection against UVA and UVB rays. In case you’re wondering what the difference is between UVA and UVB here it is: UVA rays have a longer wavelength and penetrate deeper into the skin. UVB rays are strongest from 10 am-4 pm while UVA rays are around all day.
You should re-apply it every 2 hours or so and after sweating or swimming. No sunscreen is entirely waterproof so you must re-apply it after swimming. You can further protect yourself by covering up as much skin as possible (never a popular thing to do during summer but it is good advice). Wear long sleeves and a hat. Your hat is especially important for protecting your face and head. For every inch of brim on your hat you reduce your chances of skin cancer by 10 percent (so go buy that umbrella hat you’ve always wanted).
There’s a wide variety of products available for you to choose from. Ingredients vary depending on the type. There are two varieties of sunscreens available, chemical-based and mineral-based. Chemical-based sunscreens contain compounds that absorb UVA and UVB rays. They were developed to avoid the chalky white appearance left by old style zinc based sunscreens. Some people find their skin has sensitivities to these products and find that a mineral-based sunscreen is better. They use mineral compounds, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, to reflect ultraviolet rays away from the body.
Both types of sunscreen provide critical protection against the sun. It’s one of the easiest ways to lower your risk of getting skin cancer. Canada Drugs has a wide variety of sunscreens available. We’d be happy to assist you with your sunscreen needs. Give us a call today.