Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. UV rays are an invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. Protecting your skin during the summer is crucial to maintain its health and prevent damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are some tips to help you protect your skin this summer:
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that filters out both UVA and UVB rays that have an SPF 15 or higher before you go outside. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
- When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts, which can provide protection from UV rays.
- For the most protection, wear a hat that has a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck.
- Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.
- Avoid the sun between 10:00am and 4:00pm as that’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Even if you’re just walking the dog or running errands, try to stay out of the sun during these peak hours as much as possible.
- If you are in the sun often, perform self-exams every month or so. You should also see a dermatologist yearly for a full skin exam if you’re seeing new spots, changes to existing spots, or anything else that may look suspicious.
Sun protection is important at every stage of life, including infancy. Always protect yourself and your family from the sun, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you have any questions about how to take care of your skin.
Dermatology Partners is a physician-led organization with locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Our providers treat a full spectrum of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails as well as specializing in the detection and treatment of skin cancers, including Mohs surgery.
The organization prides itself on its ability to offer patients immediate appointments so there is no need to wait weeks or months to receive care. To find out more about Dermatology Partners, or to book an appointment at one of their convenient locations, visit www.dermpartners.com or call 888-895-3376.