Keep Yourself Safe In The Sun
Are you being skin smart? Sunburns may seem like an everyday annoyance, but they can be truly harmful to your skin, making you more susceptible to skin cancer and aging your appearance.
Watch this video to see people discover what they look like under ultraviolet light. You will come to appreciate the startling power of sunscreen!
Source: Thomas Leveritt
Wear clothing designed to block the suns UV rays or consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a broad-brimmed hat to protect areas like the neck, ears, scalp and face.
Always use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day to protect yourself from both types of damaging ultraviolet radiation. Apply your sun screen 15 minutes before you go outside so it has time to be ready to protect you when you go into the sun.Make sure you apply your sunscreen to all exposed skin, making sure you cover your ears, neck, hands, feet, scalp, lips and around your eyes.
Damage from the sun’s harmful rays can occur in as little as 15 minutes. Also, try to limit your exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest and can be the most damaging.
Since not all clothing is designed equal it’s important to look for clothing designed to block the suns UV rays or consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants. Also, wearing a broad-brimmed hat goes a long way in protecting areas like your neck, ears, scalp and face. Also, wear sunglasses with UV blocking that are large enough to protect your eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes.
The ultraviolet light from the tanning beds can caused skin cancer and wrinkling. And remember, if you want to look tan you can always use a self-tanning product but make sure you also continue to use your sunscreen too.
The best early detection strategy is to see your dermatologist once a year, or more often if your at higher risk for developing skin cancer, for a comprehensive full-body skin exam.
Learn more about Choosing the Right Sunscreen (courtesy of American Academy of Dermatology).
Source: American Academy of Dermatology
Use this ABCDE chart below to help you quickly and more easily identify any changes in your moles and make an appointment to see our team.
When half of the mole does not match the other half
When the border (edges) of the mole are ragged or irregular
When the color of the mole varies throughout
If the mole’s diameter is larger than a pencil’s eraser
Changes in the way the mole looks over time