Spending time in and around the swimming pool when it’s triple digit temperatues in Airzona could mean that you will get a sunburn no matter how much sunblock you use. The swimming pool service contractors from Express Pool Care in Goodyear, Arizona do offer tips on how to protect your skin while you swim — and while you relax poolside.

A painful burn is more than a temporary pain, it can lead to skin cancer and even burns that discolor your skin for the rest of your life. A sunburn, on its own is painful, but the long term effects of UVA and UVB burns lead to:

  1. Eye damage
  2. Premature aging skin
  3. A suppressed immune system \
  4. Skin cancer

In the United States, there are more than one million cases of skin cancer reported annually — this is a cancer that may be able to be prevented through diligent use of sun screen and by staying out of the sun when its at its hottest.

How to protect your skin while you swim

Here are tips to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Always use sunscreen
  2. Limit exposure to the sun to no more than 20 minutes at a time.
  3. Use a sun screen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
  4. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming
  5. Don’t let yourself get a burn. Keep a watchful eye on your children to protect them. You typically don’t know you’re burning until the damage has been done.
  6. ┬áIf you’re going to be out in the sun, look for clothing that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. Wear a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and long-sleeves.
  7. Take refuge in the shade whenever possible.
  8. Certain medications could cause you to burn much more easily. Know if you are at risk.
  9. When you’re by water the rays of the sun are reflected and are more powerful and can cause you to burn more easily.

Gone are the days when sporting a tan made you look “healthy.” Many people now know that a tan is an indication of sun damage and leads to the potential for skin cancer. Protect yourself while you’re out in the sun.