By now, the importance of adequate skin protection is widely known. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the number of Americans who have had skin cancer at some point in the last three decades is estimated to be higher than the number for all other cancers combined. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. While there are several steps you can take to limit your exposure to the sun, proper sunscreen selection and application is critical. Here are some tips in choosing a protective sunscreen:
- Choose sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, as it protects against both UVA and UVB light
- Choose sunscreen that is water-resistant with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher
- Reapply at least every two hours
- Use approximately 1 ounce of sunscreen every time you apply so that you adequately cover your exposed body parts. This is roughly equivalent to a shot-glass full or a glob the size of a golf ball.
Keep in mind that UV rays can penetrate both clouds and windows, and sunscreen expires. It is never too late to protect your skin from further damage. To learn more about incorporating healthy habits with an employee wellness program, contact an AssuredPartners NL Health & Productivity Manager.
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