Part of what keeps our skin looking beautiful is protecting it against environmental dangers. This May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great reminder to take care of your skin from head to toe. It’s easy to remember to slather on the sunscreen as the summer months near, but getting that SPF into your beauty routine should be a year-round habit. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin healthy from harmful UV rays.
Wear SPF every day: Even if you don’t think you’ll be outdoors very long, make sure you’re wearing your sunscreen on a daily basis. It’s a good daily habit to practice and doing it every day will keep you from forgetting.
Limit overexposure to the sun: The strongest UV rays are present between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so it’s best to limit your time in the sun during those times.
Protect your ears, neck, hands and eyes: It’s easy to forget about these areas on your body when you’re applying sunscreen, but make sure to slather that sunscreen on your ears and the back of your neck. Choose sunglasses that offer UV protection as well, especially if you spend time outdoors. Look at sun hats that protect your ears and back of your neck.
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Don’t forget about your lips: If you’ve ever been sunburned on your lips, then you’ll know how crucial this piece of advice is. Making sure your lip balm has an SPF will save you from sunburned, dry chapped lips.
Choose faux tans—always: If you’re serious about taking good care of your skin and protecting it against skin cancer, say goodbye to tanning beds and laying out in the sun. There are so many amazing options for getting a golden tan that don’t require exposure to dangerous UV rays. Plus, why risk any tan lines? Faux tans are amazing and still give you the results you want without the burn.
Re-apply your sunscreen: Getting that sunscreen on once a day is good, but you have to re-apply to really protect your skin. So many brands have great products that fit easily in your purse or pocket. Our go-to this month is Colorscience’s Sunforgettable Sunscreen Brush SPF 50.
Get an annual check-up: Talk to your doctor about your personal risks and be proactive about protecting your skin against cancer.
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.