Prevention is the « key » to decreasing the risk of skin cancer and to delaying the ageing process.
Prevention must start from an early age. It is vital to protect young children from the harmful effects of the sun.
The following precautions should be taken :
- Always protect parts of the body which are exposed to the sun with a sun cream containing a factor suited to your skin type (photo type) and to the length of time you will be exposed to the sun (at the start, it is important to use a high factor cream (factor 20 or higher). This protection factor may gradually be lowered.
- Clothing is the best form of sun protection. It is advisable to cover your head (hat, cap) and to wear sun glasses.
- Be mindful that in the mountains or in proximity of water the skin will be exposed to a higher dose of UV-rays (caused by the reflection of the water) even when is not all that sunny.
- Take care of your skin each and every time it has been exposed to the sun and pay special attention to the hydration of your skin.
- Avoid the sun between 11 AM and 4 PM. In this period the UV rays are at their strongest.