Posted 10.18.13 @ 7:25
So while the temperature outside is dropping and the leaves are falling from the trees – the last thing you’re thinking about is protection, but you should be! Year round it’s important to protect yourself, especially since most skin cancers are directly linked to sun exposure. It doesn’t help that most sun screens only protect the wearer from UVB rays, even then UVA rays cause skin damage, aging and all kinds of nasty effects.
Either way, it’s important to start thinking about sunscreen now while the sun is weak so you can be prepared when spring rolls back around.
The Sun Shines Year Round
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but skin cancer can be just as deadly. According to a recent CDC report, most skin cancers are preventable – and those harmful rays can still cause trouble even in the fall months.
Even in the weaker Fall and Winter sunlight, it’s important to protect yourself! While you may not have to lather on the ‘screen year round, you will want to make sure you’re keeping sensitive areas covered.
Wearing a hat, protecting your extremities and avoiding too much sun exposure, even in the fall, will go a long way towards avoiding skin cancer.
Sunscreen Isn’t Magic
Just because you applied it once doesn’t mean that you’re protected – it’s still important to limit the amount of time you’re in the sun and to protect yourself with clothes and a hat!
If you do cover up with sunscreen, you’ll want to make sure you go with something that’s labeled as “broad spectrum” – something that will protect you against UVA and UVB rays. You’ll also want to make sure you’re using a golf ball sized dose on your skin and apply it every 2 hours – more if you’re perspiring a lot or in the water. Sure, this time of year it’s unlikely, but it’s always important to plan ahead!
Sun Protection Tips
It’s important to make sure that you’re reading the sunscreen before you buy it.
Sunscreen Sprays should be avoided at all costs – along with anything that has vitamin A or retinol. These additives can increase your sensitivity to the sun and it’s been shown that sunscreen sprays don’t provide the same protection as a topical application.
Stay Out of the Sun During Peak Hours – From the hours of 10am to 2pm the sun is at its strongest all year long. It’s important to make sure you stay out of the sun and keep yourself nice and cool.
Don’t just spring for the highest SPF you can find – especially if you’re heading for the equator for a quick holiday this winter. If you are going on vacation, make sure you buy your sunscreen locally before you fly, that way you know you’re getting the best protection!
While we’re not in the business of fun in the sun, we can help you find luxury homes for sale in Oakville! Give us a call today and see what we can do for you – you might save enough time on your hunt for a house to take a nice little trip to the Caribbean this winter!