It’s summer, which means sporting a sun-kissed glow is highly tempting. But, baking at the beach all day long can cause serious damage. Understanding the risks associated with sunbathing might make you think twice about spending time outside with unprotected skin.
Skin cancer is a serious disease, and most often, preventable. Summer is high time for strong rays and sunburns, so check out the following tips to keep healthy when your skin might be most susceptible to damage.
1. Wear Sunscreen
A suitable sunscreen is absorbed by the skin and fully protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Many sun block creams solely contain SPF (sun protection factor), which only limits the UV-B rays to prevent burns and discomfort. Since UV-A rays damage skin beneath the epidermis, it’s crucial to find a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 minimum. Make sure you apply before sun exposure and let sit for at least 15 minutes for proper absorption. Don’t forget about areas like your scalp and lips. Simply rub a small amount of sunscreen on exposed areas on your head and use a lip balm of SPF 15 or higher around your mouth.
2. Check for Melanoma
Skin cancer is typically identified as changes or growth in the skin. Skin cancer can manifest on the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands or legs, so giving yourself a full body regular check-up is recommended. Growths often appear as pearly or waxy bumps, flesh-colored or brown lesions, firm and red nodules, crusted and flat lesions, moles shifting in shape or color and/or shiny, firm bumps. Because skin cancer severity can’t be determined without further investigation, contact a qualified, local aesthetic dermatologist as soon as you notice abnormalities.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Although not necessarily a skin cancer prevention strategy, staying moisturized both inside and out is vital for healthy skin. The sun has a tendency to dry skin, and the heat makes internal dehydration a reality. Combat both by drinking more than the usual recommended eight glasses per day. Keep in mind, overhydrating can also be dangerous. Rather than drinking all of your daily H20 intake at once, gradually sip from your reusable or filtered bottle throughout the day.
Dr. Mariano Busso provides skin care screening in Coconut Grove, Florida. While regular body screening at home is highly recommended, we perform a biopsy to determine if growths are cancerous. To inquire about potential skin cancer and sun safety, contact our office at 308-857-0144 or book your appointment online.