Protecting your skin from the sun
During the entirety of your oncology treatments and up to one year after they end, your weakened skin is particularly sensitive to the sun. This is why it’s crucial to protect your skin with a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection that has an SPF of over 50. Also look for a product with a logo that has the letters “UVA” in a circle, which guarantees its UVA protection (wrinkles, sagging and discolouration) of one third the UVB (red patches, sunburns and burns) SPF.
If you’re undergoing radiation therapy, also be aware that irradiated areas are particularly susceptible to sunburns. This means you’ll have to protect them from the sun your entire life. Surgical scars, which are very sensitive to the sun, are prone to hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin).
Choose a well-known dermocosmetic care product with an SPF of over 50 and protection against UVA rays, which cause premature aging of the skin. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest and most harmful.
In what order should you apply your sun protection? Wait one to two minutes after applying moisturizer to your face and body. Don’t neglect sensitive areas (nose, lips, ears, nape, hands, feet and scalp, if you’ve lost your hair).
Remember to cover your body and head with suitable clothing to better protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. Lastly, keep in mind that photosensitizing cancer treatments exacerbate the risks of sun exposure, even during cloudy weather and behind windows. If you have any doubts whatsoever, consult your pharmacist, care team or dermatologist.