Summer is my favorite season – like many other Americans – and there’s nothing I love more than enjoying the warm sunshine and a day by the pool or the ocean. However, like many others, I didn’t grow up practicing sun safety. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent in direct sunlight in the past or how many times I’ve spent time in the sun just to get tan. Those were mistakes I didn’t even realize I was making. The older I get, the more I realize how precious my skin is and how easily it can be to damage it. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s when I already had sun spots that I started to understand the importance of sun safety.
Sun safety isn’t just about keeping your skin looking nicer longer; it is also about protecting yourself from cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers in the U.S. And, rates of new melanoma cases have tripled over the last 35 years! I don’t want to be a part of that statistic. That’s why I’m taking as many steps as possible to keep my skin safe from the sun while still enjoying all of what the summer means to offer.
Practice Sun Safety with the Environmental Working Group
Luckily, keeping my skin safe and protecting myself from the harmful UV rays is easy. There are many quick and easy steps to keep skin looking great and prevent cancer. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has teamed up with Heather Armstrong from dooce.com to help people like you, and I discover how we can protect ourselves from the sun while still getting out and about this summer.
Sunscreen is now an essential part of my sun safety routine. I always check my sunscreen against the EWG’s comprehensive Annual Guide to Sunscreen to make sure I’m getting the best protection. Sunscreen ingredients matter, slathering on just any brand and spending hours in the sun is a huge risk. A good sunscreen must offer true broad-spectrum protection from sunburn and other types of skin damage AND must not pose other potential health risks. Download your own copy of the list here.
In addition to the sunscreen guide, EWG’s Sun Safety campaign offers loads of practical tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the sun without the fear of cancer. While many of us probably think sunscreen is the only way to protect ourselves from the sun, that’s not always true! High-SPF claims on many sunscreens can tempt people to stay in the sun too long. There are many additional steps we can take to be sun safe. Looking for shade and places that aren’t in direct sunlight is a great first step. This can either be having a picnic under a tree or bringing an umbrella to the beach. You’ll still get to enjoy the sun, but you’ll get some relief from it as well when you start to get too warm or feel yourself needing a break. You should also check your clothing for UV resistance. Shop for hats, shirts, shorts, and pants that are designed to shield your skin from those harmful UV rays. You should also look for some UV-rated sunglasses to keep those peepers in great shape as well!
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More great tips to Stay Sun Safe
EWG recommends planning your day around the sun. Spend most of your time outside in the early morning or the late afternoon when the sun isn’t as bright and isn’t in the highest part of the sky. You’ll get less exposure and won’t have to worry as much about getting burned. If you do get burned, you’ve been in the sun too long. You can also check the UV Index to see just how hot the sun is going to be before you plan time outside!
Don’t be another skin cancer statistic this summer! Plan your day around the sun and take the right steps to keep your skin cancer free and practice sun safety. Your skin will thank you!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of EWG Sun Safety. The opinions and text are all mine.