In recent years many more men are using sun screen to protect their skin when working or playing outside.
Everyone knows that skin cancer is a threat, but it's a threat we can do something about- protecting your skin from the sun will lower your chances of getting skin cancer.
The Sun is Bad for Your Skin
The suns rays are ultraviolet or UV rays, and they damage the skin. UV rays cause sun burn and in the long run, extended exposure to the sun without protection can cause skin cancer.
You can Protect Your Skin From the Sun
The suns rays are the strongest between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Whenever possible, limit your outdoor activities during those hours.
When you are out in the sun, protect your skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Your shirts should be made from a tightly woven fabric. Some companies, such as Coolibar, offer special skin-protective clothing to protect your skin from the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and neck from the sun – find a hat with a brim of at least six inches all the way around. Baseball caps protect your face but not your neck and ears.
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Exposing your eyes to the sun increases your risk of getting cataracts.
Always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, even on cloudy days. Use lots of sunscreen, apply it thickly and run it in well, and do not forget to reapply every two hours.