Protect Your Skin Year Round To Reduce Skin Cancer Risk
- Posted on: Jul 19 2019
The American Cancer Society shares that harmful UV rays are strongest in the Spring and Summer months, during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm, and at higher elevations. We live in a state with beautiful summers, the “best snow on earth”, and lots of activities to enjoy at all elevations all year round. It’s important to protect your skin in EVERY season from harmful rays that can contribute to early aging, unwanted wrinkles and more importantly – skin cancer.
Our recommendations to protect your skin:
- Cover your skin with hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves (light-weight in the summer) when you are outdoors.
- Use skin care products (makeup, moisturizers, or sunscreen) with physical UV protection. These products typically contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide which actually deflect damaging UV rays from the skin.
- Use an sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and maximum of SPF 50. Products with SPF higher than 50 can cause irritation to sensitive skin and scientific evidence does not show that they offer more protection than lower SPF numbers.
- See your dermatologist annually for a full-body exam or sooner if you have a suspicious spot. We work with many dermatologists in the area to provide facial reconstruction when surgery to remove cancerous cells (MOHS) is required.
If you enjoyed too much sun in your younger years and would like to see what can be done about your wrinkles, sunspots or excess skin, please call us for a consultation!
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