November is National Healthy Skin Month

 
By Emily Miller • Published: November 6th, 2013
Category: Health in a Heartbeat
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Although temperatures tend to drop this time of year, November is the perfect month to look into sun protection products. It is National Healthy Skin Month, after all.

According to the American Cancer Society, 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are reported annually in the United States. Step one to preventing this disease is applying … and re-applying … the proper amount of sunscreen. To do this, cover the entire body with enough of the lotion to fill a shot glass. Also, try other products out there that help combat the sun’s harmful UV rays.

One great way to start is by wearing clothing made with built-in sun protection. This clothing is rated using a UPF, or UV protection factor. A higher UPF rating means better protection. For some clothing, the sunscreen chemical is put directly into the fabric, while other pieces are made with tightly woven fabric.

You can also increase the UPF value of clothes already in your closet with laundry detergent-like products that go in the washing machine. You don’t have to worry about ruining your favorite shirt as these products don’t change the texture or color of your clothing, either.

For those without UPF-rated clothing, make sure to wear tightly woven fabrics rather than loosely woven ones and choose dark colors over lighter ones.

And we can’t forget about protecting the face. For outdoorsy adventurers, try using sun protection gear for outdoor sports helmets. UPF 50-rated visors provide 360-degree shade and come in styles specifically designed for cycling, climbing, equestrian, paddling, skiing, snowboarding and just being outdoors. Now that’s facing sun protection head on.

Remember this November to celebrate National Healthy Skin month by protecting your skin from the sun. Keep it safe because it’s the only skin you get.