May is recognized nationally as the month to raise awareness of skin cancer, the most diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Arizona is the no 2 in the entire world for skin cancer incidence rates, second only to Australia. It is estimated that over two million people in the US will be diagnosed with skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays (UV rays). These rays produced by the sun only get more powerful in the summer months. In Arizona, temperatures stay above 100 degrees most of the day, and many people still spend an 8 hour work day outside.
In order to help lower your risk, follow these protective tips:
- Cover your skin with breathable clothing, and wear a hat with a broad rim
- Avoid the peak hours for UV rays (10 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
- Stay in the shade whenever possible
- Wear sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF factor that protects from both UVA, and UVB rays
- Wear sun glasses that have strong UV protection
Did you know that sunburns can trigger a reaction in the body that continues for up to 24 hours after exposure? To minimize damage, add Britt’s Balms to your sun after-care regimen.
Skin care is important and even though many people don’t have time to pamper themselves, the basics can help keep your skin healthy, and beautiful for years to come. Moisturize skin, limit exposure to weather and pollutants, and avoid damaging products containing parabens, and artificial ingredients. Need sun-protective products? Shop Here!