The sun has started to shine through the clouds and we all couldn’t be happier about it! Time to bring out the sunglasses, sandals and wrap dresses that we have been patiently waiting to unpack since September.
Sun exposure can be great in some ways- from Vitamin D absorption to just getting a great tan. However, we all know of the damage it can do. We’re not just talking wrinkles, but unfortunately- skin cancer.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the conversation around preventing the development of the world’s most common cancer couldn’t be more important than now, with predictions that melanoma cases will increase by 6% this year alone. In the past decade (2011 – 2021), the number of new invasive melanoma cases diagnosed annually increased by 44 percent.
Why the rise?
The increase in the incidence of skin cancer can be mainly attributed to the use of artificial sunlamps and intense exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.
But - it’s entirely preventable.
Here are 5 simple ways to reduce your risk significantly:
- Stay in the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
- Don't get sunburned.
- Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
We’ve selected our favourite SPF’s that will let you make the most of the summer sun without suffering the consequences later: