It is very important to keep your skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun and make sure it is healthy and nourished to keep life-threatening problems like cancer at bay.

Keep skin cancer at bay with these 5 important summer skincare tips

Keep skin cancer at bay with these 5 important summer skincare tips  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: The heat from the sun, especially during the summer can harm your skin. Not only can it cause heat burns, sunburns and suntan, but the harmful rays of the sun can also cause a lot of other problems and can even lead to skin cancer. Bhumi Pednekar, the Bollywood actress also suffered from heat burns while shooting for one of her films.

It is very important to keep your skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun and make sure it is healthy and nourished to keep life-threatening problems like cancer at bay. While staying indoors is a preferable choice, going out is sometimes inevitable and you must follow these tips to keep yourself safe.

Sunscreen

You must always apply sunscreen before stepping out in the sun and if you have to stay in the sun for long hours, make sure you keep a bottle of it in your bag handy to reapply it after a few hours since it loses its effect. Sunscreen with high SPF helps to protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun and is recommended by many celebrities also including Deepika Padukone.

Cover up

Apart from applying sunscreen, you must cover up your body by clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton to make sure direct sunlight does not fall on your skin. Wrapping a scarf on your head and face can not only protect your head from excess heat that can lead to headaches but also keep the skin on your face and neck safe from the rays of the sun. You can also use an umbrella to block the heat.

See a dermatologist

A checkup for your body is recommended every 6 to 8 months and the same holds true for your skin. You never know what is happening underneath and you must visit a dermatologist regularly to make sure your skin is healthy. If you see any unusual changes in your skin, it is even more important to consult a specialist doctor.

Stay in the shade

The heat of the sun and the sun rays during the peak hours of the day (11am-4pm) are the most harmful. Try to schedule your activities in a way that you stay indoors or in the shade especially during this time and step out to finish your daily errands only after this time. Make sure you apply sunscreen even if you go out before 11 am or after 4 pm.

Keep newborns out of the sun

Newborn babies need special care when it comes to heat and the sun, as their skin and their bodies are too fragile. Sunscreens approved by doctors should be used on babies and they should be kept out of the sun as much as possible.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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