Now that fall weather has arrived, you might be tempted to cut back on sunscreen. But, before you do, consider these facts. Did you know that ultraviolet rays (UVR) are still an issue during the fall and winter? While UV rays decline during the fall and winter, it is always present. According to the Skin Cancer Association, “UVR produces DNA damage that may lead to mutations (abnormalities) in genes involved in the development of skin cancer. Therefore, along with other sun safety strategies, sunscreens that absorb or block UVR serve an important protective function.”
As we observe cancer awareness month, it’s a great time to revisit some sunscreen basics.
Here are 5 things you should know about sunscreen:
1. All sunscreens aren’t created equal: A good sunscreen should be broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher (per my dermatologist’s recommendation) to protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
2. One-and-done does not work: Sunscreen should always be worn under makeup and reapplied every 1.5 to 5 hours. To reapply throughout the day, consider a broad-spectrum (SPF-30 or higher) powder or spray sunscreen.
3. Sunscreen should be part of your anti-aging beauty regimen: Wearing sunscreen could significantly reduce your risk of sunburn and prevent your skin from aging prematurely. This is a must-have for your beauty regimen.
4. Staying in the sun all day is literally and figuratively not cool: Spending prolonged time in the sun without sunscreen could cause serious sunburn and increase your risk of cancer. According to American Academy of Dermatology nearly, 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. In addition to wearing sunscreen, it is always a good idea to reduce the amount of time spent in the sun. If possible, limiting outdoor activities to early morning or late afternoon – before 10:00 am or after 4 pm.
5. People of color need sunscreen too: While individuals with darker skin type more melanin to serve as a natural UV rays protection, it is not enough to exempt you from skin cancer risks. Therefore, a reliable sunscreen protection should be included to your beauty regimen.
By the way, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas. Don’t leave home without it!