When the days are long and the weather is gorgeous, you naturally want to spend more time outside. Though being outdoors is an essential part of preserving your mental and physical health, getting too much sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer.
At the Sandel Duggal Center in Annapolis, MD, our medical spa offers cutting-edge treatments to reverse the effects of sun damage and aging for a smooth, flawless complexion. When you reach out to us to discuss your concerns, our experts will tailor a specific plan to meet your needs.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Here are five ways you can protect your skin this summer and beyond.
1. Limit Sun Exposure
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for good health. If you have a vitamin D deficiency, you could be at risk for developing depression-like symptoms. Fortunately, your body naturally produces vitamin D if you spend time outdoors. However, too much time in the sun can result in sunburn and increase your chances of developing skin cancer.
2. Wear SPF 30+ Sunscreen
Protect your skin from damaging UV rays by wearing a high-quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. While the sun’s rays are at their most powerful on bright, summer days, it’s possible to get a sunburn even during an overcast, gloomy winter day. For this reason, it’s essential to get in the habit of wearing sunscreen year-round.
3. Choose Your Clothes Carefully
If you plan to spend a long time outside, protect yourself with long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a broad-brimmed hat. Wearing clothes like these can serve as a backup measure in case you forget to put on sunscreen before leaving the house or fail to re-apply it throughout the day.
4. Don’t Tan
The idea that developing a “base-layer tan” will prevent sun damage is nothing more than a harmful myth. The reality is that there is no healthy or safe way to tan your skin – not in a tanning bed or in a lounge chair. Any change in skin color from tanning is a sign of UV radiation damage, which will increase your risk of premature aging and skin cancer.
5. Stay in the Shade
Everyone loves summer days spent having fun in the sun, but if you are going on a beach vacation or backyard cookout, seek the shade when the sun’s rays are at their peak. Your skin will thank you.
Protect Your Skin All Year Long
Your skin needs your participation to stay safe! Get in touch with our expert team at Sandel Duggal to learn more about ways to enhance your skin care routine this summer and beyond.