The word “cancer” itself can startle many because it is associated with illness, suffering, and death. Several types of cancer affect different parts of your body and in some cases can also lead to death. Skin cancer is a type of cancer as well which affects your skin. It happens when there is an abnormal and unusual growth of skin cells which can cause genetic impairments and in severe conditions can lead to the formation of malignant tumors. Skin cancer hence can be called a severe disease that can damage one’s skin entirely if not treated at the right time. But as they say, prevention is better than cure, a few healthy habits, if adopted can minimize the risk of having skin cancer.
Here are ten healthy habits which can be adopted to save your skin from the malignant skin,
1. Limit exposure to the sun
We live in a tropical country, and the sun rays can harm our skin. So it is advisable to limit sun exposure as it may damage your skin severely. The sun is most active during the mid-day, and that is precisely when the rays cause the maximum damage to your skin. It has always been advised by our parents and grandparents to stay indoors during those hours because it can make you ill, but along with that, it can affect your skin which may lead to skin cancer.
2. Wear Full Sleeved Clothes
None of us will agree to the fact that we enjoy wearing clothes with full sleeves during the summers when it is scorching and humid. It can be a very uncomfortable experience to wear such clothes and go out in the sun. We generally wear clothes that are short and comfortable, with no sleeves as such. Although it is very comfortable to wear such clothes, it also means that most of the area of your body is exposed to the sun which can cause damage. It is best advised to wear clothes that cover up most of the areas of your body so that the sun rays won’t harm the body.
3. Use A Good Sunscreen
We tend to ignore our skin the most when it comes to taking care of ourselves. As a result of which we have many skin concerns. Sun rays like UV can damage your skin, and that can lead to skin cancer. A right and proper sunscreen hence is a must because that can protect your skin. We live in India, and the sun is quite tenacious here, so sunscreen is an essential requirement. The sunscreen should have a minimum of SPF 30 and should be used regularly before stepping out in the sun. You should reapply the sunscreen every two hours.
4. Avoid getting Sunburned
We love going to the beaches and spend time on the sand and under the sun, it is a beautiful feeling. But this wonderful feeling can damage your skin to a great extent. People usually go to the beach to get tanned because that looks appealing, but for the sake of “looks,” one should not forget that it can cause ailments. It is not a great idea to get the skin burned under the sun. It can be deadly for the skin.
5. Eat certain vegetables to keep your skin safe
It is essential to maintain a proper diet because that will keep your body healthy. But some foods can help you keep your skin protected and healthy as well. Vegetables and fruits like carrots and tomatoes are beneficial for your skin. They contain properties like lycopene (in tomatoes) and Vitamin A (in carrots) that are great for the skin and help fight sunburns again. Other foods helpful for the skin are oranges, lemons, salmon fishes, to name among others. Regular consumption of these food items will help you keep your skin safe and healthy.
6. Use Window Film for your Cars
It is a necessity to use our cars when we go out, be it for work or other reasons. If you have a car and you tend to drive and go out during the daytime, you are exposed to the sun as well. The cool car might keep you feeling comfortable inside, but your skin is continuously getting affected. It is advisable to install window films in your windows so that it can protect you from the harmful UV rays of the sun. You should keep your windows closed after the installation so that you can save yourself from the sun rays.
7. Use Sunglasses that protect you from UVA and UVB rays
Sunglasses are an essential accessory that makes one look extremely attractive. But more than being a style statement, sunglasses are meant to keep your eyes protected. We should use sunglasses that can protect our eyes and the areas around our eyes as well. It is advisable to use such sunglasses and not the ordinary ones because they cannot protect you from the harmful sun rays.
8. Wear full sleeved Swim Suits before stepping in the Pool
Swimming is an activity that most of us enjoy because it is relaxing and also considered highly beneficial for maintaining good health. A lot of people wear swimsuits while extremely comfortable swimming and also makes one look good, but many of these suits are short due to which most of our body parts get exposed to the sun. The chlorine in the swimming pools, along with the sun rays can damage your skin severely. Due to this reason why we should opt for swimsuits which cover most of our body areas, and also apply waterproof sunscreen before stepping inside the pool.
9. Self Examining Your Skin
Skin cancer like any other cancer, if detected early can be cured and can be treated to make one heal completely. There are a few ways by which one can self examine if they observe any abnormalities on their skin. Look out for any deformity on your skin and do this regularly. These simple habits can help one in the long run.
10. Visit a Dermatologist
Skin cancer can happen because of neglecting your skin for a prolonged period. A dermatologist can be of immense help as they can know if there are any abnormal signs of developing skin cancer or so. If one may face any doubts regarding their skin condition, then without any delay visit a dermatologist. If you can detect skin cancer at an early stage then treating it at the correct time can help you recover from it completely.
These are a few habits that can be adopted to protect your skin from sun damage and also from skin cancer in the long run. No matter in which part of the world you live, sun rays can damage your skin with the same intensity, and that is the reason why precautionary methods must be adopted. A little care can help you in the long run, and hence these few methods can come in handy for all the people. It is not possible to stay all the time indoors fearing skin damage but then following these habits can make the work a little easier for people. Hence, stay protected from the sun and lessen the risk of skin cancer.