How to Protect Your Skin from the Dangers of the Sun!

How to Protect Your Skin from the Dangers of the Sun!

Many of us only think of sun safety when the weather gets hot and we all start sweating.

But don’t be fooled! Protecting your skin from the dangers of the sun should be a year-round focus.

In most cases, your typical swimmer at the beach and your intense snowboarder on a mountain slope share the same risk of sun damage.

That, and the fact that over 90 percent of skin cancers are associated with exposure to radiation from the sun, tells us that we must take precautions to protect our skin.

To help you do that easily, Reliable MD has your complete guide to understanding the relationship between skincare and the sun.

If you want to ensure your skin is safe when you step outside, read on below!

Understand if Your Skin is at High Risk

All of us are at risk of sunburn or general damage to our skin due to UV radiation, no matter your complexion.

However, some of us should use extra caution.

For instance, if you have any of the following, we’d highly suggest you take extra care to stay safe:

  • Blonde, light-brown or red hair.
  • A history of skin cancer or a family member with skin cancer.
  • Pale skin.

There are also some cosmetics with alpha-hydroxy acids, which will increase sun sensitivity. You should examine your products before buying and ensure that your cosmetics offer UV protection instead.

How to Reduce Your Chances of Sun Damage

Fortunately for all of us, but especially those of us prone to sunburns, preventing damage is easier than you might think.

Here are some tips for you on finding a good balance between your skincare and the sun:

  • Spend less time in the sun. You should stay in the shade for as long as possible throughout the day. However, if you must be in the sun, avoid doing so between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most fierce.
  • Dress smart. It’s hard to throw on an extra layer or two when the summer heat is here, but doing so can save your skin. So, wear long clothing as much as you can, and cover-up whenever the sun is at its brightest.
  • Use sunscreen. (And use it correctly!) Any sunscreen is better than none. However, the right type of sunscreen can save your skin from irreversible damage. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, broad-spectrum protection, and water resistance for maximum protection. Always be sure to reapply it every hour for as long as you’re outside, as well.

Examine Your Skin for Signs of Skin Cancer

The longer skin cancer goes unseen, the probability of it becoming deadly– or at the very least a life-changing problem– rises.

So while you’re protecting your skin from possible damage with sunscreen and other good habits, be sure that you examine it for any signs of cancer.

Learn more about the importance of early detection here!

Most skin cancer types fall under basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma.

Signs of Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • A pearly/waxy bump.
  • A flesh-colored/ brown lesion similar to a scar.
  • A bleeding sore that heals and then returns.

Signs of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • A flat lesion that has a scaly, crusted surface.
  • A firm and red nodule.

Signs of Melanoma

  • A large brown spot with dark speckles.
  • A mole that changes in color, size, and feel.
  • A small lesion with an irregular border that appears to be red, pink, white, or blue.
  • An itchy and painful lesion.
  • Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips, or toes.

Please visit this article for more information on the signs of skin cancer.

In conclusion, the relationship between skincare and the sun is not as complex as you may have initially thought it to be, and taking care of your skin can be easy– as long as you’re serious about it.

And while self-checks are wonderful, and taking proper precautions is a must, we still recommend that you schedule Annual Physical Exams and Medicare Annual Wellness Checks provided by Reliable MD to ensure your skin is healthy!

If we happen to find reasons for concern, we’ll quickly refer you to a specialist.

Schedule your appointment with Reliable MD now.

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