Protect Your Skin
SPF is your best friend.
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. The number of cases is predicted to increase 7.7% in 2019. Skin cancer is actually the most common type of cancer. But it is considered one of the most preventable forms of cancer. According to The Skincare Foundation , “About 90% of skin cancers and 85% melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultra violet radiation from the sun.” Everyone here at Skin Therapy of Charlotte takes skin and skin health very seriously. We think it is important to spread awareness of unprotected exposure and sun-safe habits.
The most utilized and important skin protection tip given is to always use a SPF. SPF 15 or higher is recommended for everyday use. SPF 30 or higher is recommended for extended outdoor activity. Staying in the shade is a big step you can take in order to protect your skin, especially during the hours of 10AM and 4PM. Don’t let your self get sunburned, it can cause damage to your skin in the long run. Other tips include;
- Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days
- UV radiation can still come through the clouds and cause damage
- Reapply sunscreen
- sunscreen is not water proof, therefore reapply if swimming or sweating
- Avoid tanning and/or tanning beds
- because they are terrible for your skin
- Cover up as best you can
- hats and sunglasses are an easy and great sun protectant
- Sit under an umbrella
- just applying sunscreen isn’t enough if you’re outside all day, sit under an umbrella instead of directly in the sunlight
- Avoid certain risk factors such as smoking
- according to the National Cancer Institute , smoking, and being overweight or not getting enough exercise are considered risk factors for cancer
Follow your ABCDEs
Watch your skin for any abnormal signs and document them because skin cancer can look very harmless to the untrained eye. The American Academy of Dermatology says you should tell your doctor if your moles have the following symptoms of melanoma;
- Asymmetry – Half of the mole is different from the other half.
- Borders – Are any moles irregular, scalloped or poorly defined?
- Color – Check for varying colors, such as shades of tan and brown, black.
- Sometimes moles turn white, red or blue.
- Diameters – Are they the size of a pencil eraser or larger?
- Evolving – Has the mole or skin lesion changed in size, shape or color?
How Skin Therapy of Charlotte Can Help
Having your skin looked at regularly by a licensed esthetician will help identify if anything unusual might be going on. Take a quick read of our post Facial Phenomenon. Reasons Why You Should Get a Facial to learn the many ways getting a facial at Skin Therapy of Charlotte can benefit you, including prevention! SPF is the greatest deterrent and protector against skin cancer and our experts can help you find the best one for YOUR skin!