The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the weather is getting warmer! For those of us who have endured the record-breaking winter here in Southeast Michigan, it feels wonderful to be able to get outside and enjoy nature again. Although we should be protecting our skin year-round, now is a good time to re-evaluate our skin protection habits. According to the American Cancer Society, here are some ways to help protect your skin:
- Seek Shade: Avoid being in the direct sunlight for long periods of time, especially from 10am-4pm when the UV light is the strongest. UV rays are very intense in the spring, even before the air feels warm.
- Protect your skin with clothing: Dark clothing with tight weaves generally provide the best protection. Specially designed sun protective clothing is available at most sporting goods stores.
- Use Sunscreen: Sunscreen come in many different forms. Be sure to read the label to find the SPF (Sun Protection Factor). It is important to follow the directions carefully when applying sunscreen.
- Wear a hat: Be sure to pick a hat that not only shades your face, but also your neck and ears.
- Wear Sunglasses that block UV rays: Sunglasses are important to not only protect your eyes from the sun, but also to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.
To find more sun protection tips, visit the American Cancer Society’s website.