The sun’s rays make us feel great, and they can also give us that gorgeous tan we all love. But, will our love for the sun come back to haunt us? We often associate a glowing tan with good health, but our bronzed skin obtained from the sun, or a tanning bed, accelerates the effects of aging and increases our risk for developing skin cancer. Yikes!
I received a wake-up call several years ago when I noticed I was getting more and more freckles and a discolored sunspot developed on my nose. I decided it was time to get serious about my bad sun habits and change my behaviors before it was too late.
With the West Texas summer months upon us, here are some tips to avoid unhealthy sun exposure and keeping you and your skin healthy and happy:
• Use SPF sunscreen. Sunscreen helps to absorb, reflect or scatter the UV light before it damages your skin. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply it every three to four hours, regardless of the SPF value. If you are in the water, reapply sunscreen every one to two hours.
• Timing is important. Stay out of direct sunlight between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when it is the strongest. Cover up with a hat, long sleeves, and long pants.
• Check your skin. Regularly check your skin to identify any possible damaging effects the sun may have left behind. This can help you to detect possible lesions that may be early signs of skin cancer.
With this in mind, the sun does not have to be our enemy. So enjoy the benefits of the sun this summer, but remember to be smart and protect your healthy skin!
For more sun safety tips or information about Dermatology services at Shannon, visit www.shannonhealth.com.
Written By: Starr Long, Shannon Health & WellnessTweet