Sun damage can be more than cosmetic
Over time, taking in the sun without any protection can lead to problems — from dry skin and wrinkles to skin cancer.
Common skin cancers — what to look for
- Basal cell carcinoma — pearly, slow-growing, raised areas that may crust and bleed
- Squamous cell carcinoma — show as red or pink, scaly bumps
- Malignant melanoma — begin as a dark brown or black spot that may later change in shape or color; can be fatal
All of these skin cancers are treatable if found early.
Sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin from the sun and help prevent skin cancer.
At the very least, use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. But SPF 30 offers better protection. And remember to put more on every 1 to 2 hours, whether you are swimming or not.