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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Are you wearing sunscreen?



 

Being outside offers many health benefits like getting your daily dose of Vitamin D or lowering your stress levels by engaging in outside activities.


However, there is also a dark side to the sun: Skin cancer.


May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.


Staying educated on how to protect yourself from the sun should be a part of your health routine. With a plethora of beauty stores across the nation offering hundreds of different SPF lotions, it could be hard to distinguish one from the other.


However, no matter how large the selection, just remember to use a Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 or higher, especially on a full day outdoors, and make sure it’s water resistant. Apply every day 30 minutes prior to going outside then re-apply every two hours, and yes, even when it's cloudy.


As stated by the American Academy of Dermatology, Sunscreen alone isn’t enough to fight against the harsh sun rays, it’s best to invest in lightweight and long-sleeved shirts and pants, sunglasses with UV protection, Wide-brimmed hats and shoes that fully cover your feet.


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