Health and Fitness

Tips for Avoiding Skin Cancer without Slathering on Sunscreen

When it comes to the most common form of cancer, many people may be surprised to learn that it is skin cancer that holds that title. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that this most common form of cancer is found on roughly two million people each year. What’s more, over the last three decades there have been more people diagnosed with skin cancer than all other forms of cancer put together. Many experts recommend people wear sunscreen when outdoors, but in all actuality not everyone likes wearing it.
“There are several reasons why many people skip the sunscreen,” explains Elise Champe, owner of Eclipse Sun Products. “Many avoid it because they don’t want to put the chemicals on their body. Others skip it because they don’t like the feeling or it seems to make them sweat more.”
Even those who don’t like to lather up with the sunscreen still need protection in order to help avoid adding to the skin cancer statistics. Here are some tips for avoiding skin cancer without slathering on sunscreen:
Cover up. The more skin that can be covered with a sun protective product the better. In addition to wearing a wide-brimmed hat, look for clothing that provides UPF protection. Even those wearing short-sleeved shirts can get protection by using protective sun sleeves and sun gloves.
Seek shade. If you can’t find shady areas to be in when outdoors, take them with you. Shady areas can quickly be created by putting up tents or carrying an umbrella.
Clock watch. Avoid going outdoors in the middle of the day, if possible. Getting outside in the morning or evening will help to avoid some of the sun exposure.
Eat your veggies. Most fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants, according to the National Cancer Institute, are chemicals that block the activity of free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to cells and lead to cancer.
“The good news is there are things people can do to protect themselves if they don’t want to wear sunscreen,” added Champe. “If you make an effort with these options you can help to reduce the exposure to harmful rays and lower your risks.”