When the sun is shining, we love to be outside; so why do we only wear sunscreen when we go to the pool or beach?

Anytime we are in the sun, we are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, and even on cloudy days we get some UV rays. According to the CDC, all of this exposure causes most cases of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.

Did you know that it takes more than sunscreen to keep your skin safe? In fact, it is recommended to use multiple strategies to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.

  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection, the best pairs block 100% of UV rays
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Find a shady spot to sit or only work or play outside in the shade
  • Avoid the outdoors during peak sun hours, 10am-4pm
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on exposed skin
  • Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating

The CDC warns that anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer. Be sure to examine your skin from head to toe monthly to look for any changes. Seeing a dermatologist yearly can help identify skin cancer early.

Whether you’re enjoying a dip in a pool or cooling off oceanside, taking time to protect yourself from skin cancer should be everyone’s priority. Stay safe while working and playing in the sun this summer and all year long!