Days may be getting shorter and kids have headed back to school but the summer heat and sun are still with us in Southern California. Although sun protection is frequently on your mind during the peak months of summer, it’s just as important to remember and apply during the fall and winter months.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone develop a year-round sun protection regimen to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Do not burn.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
- See your doctor every year for a professional skin exam.
Just remember sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine, 365 days a year!