Don’t Expose your Nose to Sun Damage
While your face is one of the most common body parts to be exposed to the sun, your nose is even more at risk. Its prominent position on your face makes it vulnerable to UV rays from every angle.
Many people think of UV exposure as an overhead threat, but you can also accumulate skin damage from sunlight reflected up from snow, sand, water, and other surfaces. So protecting your nose from every angle is key.
UV rays damage light skin as well as darker skin tones. This damage prematurely ages your skin and significantly increases your risk of skin cancer on your nose, face, and entire body. If you are considering using a tanning bed – think again. Tanning beds use UV light which also increases your risks of skin damage and skin cancer on your face and body.
Minimize your Risk of Skin Cancer on your Nose and Face
Basal (BCC) and squamous (SCC) cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer on the nose and face. Melanoma on the nose and face is not as common as BCC or SCC, but it is significantly more serious. Maybe you aren’t too concerned about extra wrinkles or premature aging of your face. But you need to understand that both skin cancer and its treatments can cause significant scarring and possible disfigurement. While a plastic surgeon can improve your appearance, it’s still important to protect your skin every day to prevent the need for skin repair.
Using complete and consistent sun protection is the best way to avoid sunburns and minimize skin cancer on your nose (and elsewhere). Use sun-safe measures every day of the year, whether it’s sunny or overcast. That’s because UV rays can penetrate thru clouds.
Smart Ways to Shield your Nose (and Face) from UV Exposure
The best way to prevent sun exposure is with sun protection. Using comprehensive sun-safe measures will help to minimize your risks of premature skin aging and skin cancer.
- UV Scarf: a versatile UPF 50+ accessory with UPF 50+ protection that not only can be worn around the neck but also can be used to cover the nose and lower face.
- UV Neck and Face Cover: a stretchy UPF 50+ accessory that can protect your neck and face. It can be worn as a scarf, a mask to cover your nose and lower face, a headband, and many other ways. Consider the UV Skinz UPF 50+ Bamboo UV Neck & Face Covering.
- Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: Select a 100% UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30, but higher is better. Try different types until you find one that you prefer. You are more likely to apply sunscreen daily if you like it. Be sure to reapply every couple of hours or more frequently if swimming or perspiring. Take your time applying generously to your face and nose, making sure to cover the bridge, sides, and tip of your nose.
- Wide Brim Hat: Choose a hat with UPF 50+ protection for not only shielding your nose and face, but also your eyes, ears, and neck from direct UV rays. UV Skinz has fabulous UPF 50+ styles to fit your activities and needs.
- Adhesive Nose Guards and Patches: Commonly made of silicone, these are available in waterproof and reusable styles that you apply directly to your nose area and contain UV protection.
- UV Umbrella, Tent, or Parasol: These are all great ways to block direct UV rays from overhead. Select one with a UPF 50+ rating for the best UV coverage. You can find umbrellas and tents in both personal and larger group sizes.
Other effective ways to prevent sun exposure include seeking shade, being aware of reflected UV rays from water, snow, sand, and other light-reflective surfaces, and avoiding the sun during the peak hours of 10-4. Be sure to check out UV Skinz great selection of UPF 50+ apparel and accessories for the entire family to keep you protected outdoors.