Sun is essential in human life. It triggers vitamin D synthesis which is important to your health. It helps lower cholesterol level, regulate sleep patterns and helps people become happier. However, over exposure to sun have bad side effects and skin problems like eczema, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles and even skin cancer.
To prevent skin cancer, it's time to get savvy about your skin and the sun. No one wants to have skin cancer or any skin problems. Everyone wants to have a beautiful and healthy skin. Here are some tips on how to prevent skin cancer.
But first, here is the list of the most common associated risk of skin cancer.
- Actinic keratosis
- Arsenic exposure
- Artificial UV light exposure (like tanning beds)
- Genetic predisposition
- Having a fair complexion:
- Blonde or red hair
- Blue or green eyes
- Fair/light skin that easily burns or gets freckles, doesn’t tan
- Radiation treatment
- Sun exposure
- Weak immune system
Healthy Tips on How to Prevent Skin Cancer
- Don't completely hide from the sun. Human bodies need sunlight to produce vitamin D which is essential to have a balanced health. Vitamin D helps fight skin cancer. But it doesn't mean that you have to over expose your body to sunlight. All you need is a bit of sunlight especially in the morning, when the sun is not yet too hot and painful to the skin.
- Get a little shade or protection when going out during day time. When going out during day time, make sure that you wear skin protection like sunscreen with SPF. Avoid exposure to sun's UV rays from 10 AM to 4 PM, the most dangerous times of the day. If you are going to be exposed to the sun during these times, wear proper clothing, pants, long sleeves, sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat and of course sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Additional sun protection is better to avoid the risk of getting skin cancer.
- Eat Healthy. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin C can help prevent the risk of skin cancer. Fresh fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidants that help the body remain healthy. Antioxidants help combat the production of free radicals that can damage healthy skin cells. Several fruits and vegetables contain carotenoids, good for protecting the skin from sun's UV rays. These colorful pigments act as natural sunblock for they are deposited in your skin. They also provide protection against skin damage and sunburns.