Summer — a time for sunshine, exercise, water sports, picnics, and other outdoor activities! But it's also a time for skin cancer, cataracts, and skin that shrivels and spots before its time.
More than a million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year — including malignant melanoma (a very lethal form of skin cancer), squamous cell carcinoma (much less fatal), and basal cell carcinoma (disfiguring but not fatal).
Premature aging of the skin from sun exposure (photoaging) includes fine wrinkles, freckles, capillary dilation, and loss of elasticity.
Photoaging of the skin occurs before age 30, while normal, chronological skin aging doesn't begin until after 40.
Cataracts — a leading cause of blindness — can also be caused from too much exposure to the sun's harmful rays.
Stay out of the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Always wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers both face and eyes when you're in the sun -- even on an overcast day.
Wear sunglasses when you're outside in the bright light.
Use sunscreens with SPF of 15 or greater. Apply them at least every two hours to all exposed areas of the body, including face and lips — even when it is cloudy.
Make it a regular part of your daily skincare routine to use face and body moisturizers, make-up, and lipstick that have SPF 15 or higher.
For more information about sun hazards, ask your pharmacists!