Tucson, Arizona. We are over 100 degrees today. And not a cloud in the sky. It’s officially that time of year when everyone and anyone who wants to get anything done outside – starts heading out by 5am to “get ‘er” done! Doesn’t matter if its exercise, yard work or simply going to the grocery store – the earlier you shake things up – the better.
Arizona is without a doubt – one of the states with the highest number of skin cancer cases. Best thing you can do from now until October – wear hats, sunglasses, long sleeve shirts and sunscreen up.
And not all sunscreens are the same. So if you don’t want to bake, take some advice from the experts:
- Start by buying a good sunscreen.
- Also buy a good lip balm with sunscreen – lips burn as easily as your skin will.
- Opt for the products without oxybenzone – which is most commonly found in the high water and sport sunscreens. Even though the FDA says it’s safe – toxicology experts claim it isn’t.
- Pick a broad spectrum sunscreen that covers UVB and UVA rays.
- Don’t pay more for a bigger number – SPF 30 is better than SPF 85. Even though 85 sounds better it doesn’t work any better or less.
- If you're going to swim - considering wearing swim shirts with built in SPF factors.
Once you have all that done, wear the sunscreen and lip balm – along with a hat and sunglasses and reduce your risk of baking and burning in the hot sun!