Be good to your skin

Sometimes we’re able to find simple solutions to large problems, and they may only mean one or two quick changes. When considering our health, we should always do our best to maintain our bodies and prevent all kinds of injury, illness, and disease. We don’t always think of our skin as one of the more important parts of our body to take care of, but it is. It’s the body’s largest organ, and we often fail to consider its importance; our skin is also extremely susceptible to one particular disease. There are three million new cases of skin cancer each year in the U.S., and 90% of them can be traced to exposure to the sun. What changes can we make in our daily lives to protect against something as serious as skin cancer? The answer always looks up to the sun. Uncovered skin is never a good thing; luckily, knowledge of this problem is spreading quickly. There are a few small tweaks you can make to your outdoor life to protect against skin cancer:

  • Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. The sun’s rays are the strongest and unprotected skin could be seriously damaged during this time.
  • Burned skin is NEVER a good thing. Each burn increases your chance of developing melanoma, which isn’t worth the tan.
  • Always cover up when spending lots of time in the sun. This includes protective clothing and a strong sunscreen (SPF 15+).

These aren’t really difficult changes that can be made. However, they could be the difference between healthy and cancerous skin. Make sure you treat this vital organ well!