What is the best way to protect my skin from the Texas summer sun?
Exposure to UVA/UVB rays is the main cause of skin cancer—the most common cancer diagnosis—and also the most preventable. There are plenty of tips and tricks circling around this time of year about how to best protect your skin from the harsh summer sun. If you plan to spend extended time outdoors this season, protecting your skin is simple.
First and foremost—and no surprise here—apply sunscreen. Aim to use SPF 30 or greater, and try to find a brand that is water resistant. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply every two hours thereafter.
The sun is the harshest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day, so if you do find yourself outdoors during that time, try to find a shady spot. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. While it may seem a little silly, try to wear light clothing with long-sleeves and pants to shield your skin from direct sun. Avoid tanning, either in the natural sun or at a tanning booth, to both lower your cancer risk and prevent premature aging and wrinkles.
Finally, perform self-skin checks monthly and have a dermatologist do a head-to-toe skin cancer screening exam annually.