One of the most important strokes may be a backhand across your arms with a dallop of sun block. One dallop is approximately 3 ml or the volume of a stack of four quarters. Spread the lotion all over your arms then proceed to put in on all parts of your body that are exposed to the sun. Also, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat, drinking lots of water and reapplying sun block as needed. Now you are ready to play.
Here are some other ways to improve sun protection and prevent skin cancer.
Avoid Sunburn. Sunburned cells look identical to cancer cells when examined under the microscope. This proves the sun can directly damage cells.
Don’t Squint. Squinting contributes to the formation of wrinkles, and it is also our body’s natural way of alerting us to protect our eyes from too much sun. UV light can turn the crystal clear lens of our eye cloudy and dark. These changes in the lens can lead to cataracts – one of the leading causes of blindness.
Wear Sunglasses. Protecting your skin from the sun is not enough; remember your precious eyes! Today, there are hundreds of different styles to pick from, and it has become fashionable to wear them. Wear the one’s with the best sun protection.
Protect your immune system. The skin teaches us a lot of what is going on below the surface. If you smoke, quit! And good nutrition, exercise and supplementation can help protect you against getting skin cancer. Most people don’t realize that sun exposure can temporarily weaken your immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections and cancer.
Protect your kids from sun exposure. The bulk of sun damage occurs during childhood, this period of life is vital time for parent to be good role models and teach their children effective sun protection habits. More than 80% of skin damage happens before the age of 18. Skin cancer lags behind 10 to 20 years later, after the major damage has already been done.
Wear sun protective clothing. While sunscreen is important, the very first line of defense against the sun is clothing. There are hundreds of lines of clothing designed to protect your skin from the sun.
Clubs serve members by providing wellness information on sun exposure and offering sunscreen and protective gear in their shops.
Dr. Robert Norman is a board certified dermatologist.