For most people, summer is associated with fun outdoor activities in the sun. According to Dr. Sandy Johnson, a dermatologist with Johnson Dermatology in Fort Smith, skin cancer has become more frequent in the past few years, so it is crucial to protect yourself self from the UV rays.
Furthermore, one in five people is developing skin cancer nowadays in the US. In addition to this, more and more people suffer from sunburns before the age of 18 years old. Worse, if you had more than five sunburns in your life, the risk of skin cancer increases.
According to Dr. Johnson, the most obvious method to protect your skin against the UV rays is sunscreen. Best sun protection products are broad spectrum, covering UVA and UVB. Plus, people have a wrong perspective thinking that if they buy a sunblock with higher SPF, they do not need to re-apply it often.
The recommended sunscreen is SPF of at least 30. Anything higher than this is not better if you do not apply it correctly, and you will end up wasting your money. Besides sunscreen, watery safety is also highly important during this summer.
According to Bill Miller, manager at Parrot Island Water Park in Fort Smith, the best method to stay safe while you are in the water is to start feeling comfortable in it. For instance, if you are in the water and you get scared, you start feeling uncomfortable and scared. If that happens, you start sinking. Furthermore, it is crucial for kids to start learning to feel safe in the water.
Nevertheless, the simplest strategy is always to be aware of where your family is and how they are feeling. Keeping an eye on your children is vital as well. They could always become tired, and that is where a life jacket would come in handy.
According to Dr. Johnson, sunscreen should be re-applied once in two hours, whenever you get out of the water or if you sweat excessively. Furthermore, you should avoid the hottest hours of the day, wear sunglasses, hats and protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts.
UVA and UVB rays could be avoided by just having a smart thinking. All in all, summer could be our friend this summer if we know how to handle it.