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Skincare 101

Skincare Tips for Men

While more and more men are using sun protection while they work and play outdoors, too many aren’t. Skin cancer is a threat that can be prevented. By protecting your skin from the sun, you may lower your chances of skin cancer and premature aging.

The sun’s rays, also called ultraviolet or UV rays, damage the skin. The short-term results of unprotected exposure to UV rays are sunburn and tanning. In the long run, unprotected exposure to UV rays can cause skin cancer.

Follow these guidelines whenever you are in the sun:

  • If you can, stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun is strongest.
  • If you have to be out in the sun, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect your skin. Wear shirts made from tightly woven cloth, like long-sleeved cotton t-shirts. If the clothing fits loosely, you will feel cooler. Special sun-protective clothes are available.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Sun exposure increases your risk of getting cataracts.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your face, neck and ears from the sun. The best hat to wear in the sun has a brim that’s at least 6 inches all around. Baseball caps and similar hats don’t protect your ears and neck.
  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days. Clouds don’t protect your skin from sun damage. Use at least the amount of a shot glass and rub it in well. Put the sunscreen on 30 minutes before you go outside.
  • Put the sunscreen everywhere the sun’s rays might touch you, including your forehead and face, your ears, the back of your neck and any bald parts on the top of your head. Some sunscreen products are “drip-free.” You can try those products on your face if that’s a problem for you.
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