Summer is FINALLY here!! ….and so is the sun
Kim Parker with Columbus Dermatology has 5 simple tips to keep you safe from sun damage and skin cancer this summer.
Choose the Right Sunscreen
To effectively protect you from the sun, sunscreen should be, at a minimum:
- SPF 30 or above
Add an Extra Layer of Protection
No sunscreen is 100% effective, so take extra care of yourself by adding additional layers of protection.
- Beach hats – offer extra protection to your scalp and face
- Sunglasses – look for a pair with UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful rays.
- Clothing items are given a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating based on how they protect from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Choose items with at least a UPF 30 to get effective sun protection.
Sunscreen - Apply Well and Often!
Using sunscreen may sound like a no brainer, but are you applying it correctly?
- Wait 15 minutes after applying sunscreen before going outdoors.
- Reapply every 2-hours, or immediately after you swim/sweat.
- Apply to all your bare skin, including scalp, tops of ears, and toes
- Don’t forget your back! Find a family member or friend who “has your back” to help you when applying sunscreen.
It's OK to Be Shade-y
The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 AM and 2 PM.
A large tree, covered porch, and outdoor umbrella can all offer a nice break from the sun during these times.
Show Your Lips Some Love Too
Lips are often forgotten when applying sun protection.
Apply a lip balm with at least SPF 15 before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours.
Talk To A Dermatologist
As the heat increases, so do risks of sun damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and one in five Americans will develop it in their lifetime.
If you have questions about how to protect your skin this summer you can contact Columbus Dermatology at (706) 568-2700.
– Kim Parker, PA-C
If you have questions about how to protect your skin this summer, contact Columbus Dermatology at (706) 568-2700.