Are you prepared to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun this year? Sun exposure not only causes age spots and wrinkles but also increases your risk of developing skin cancer. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, share a few tips that will help you enjoy the summer weather safely.
The easiest way to avoid burns and sun damage is to wear clothing that completely covers your arms, legs, abdomen, and back. Many manufacturers offer summer fashions made with fabrics that are lightweight and breathable. Top off your outfit with a hat. Hats shield your face from the sun, prevent burns on the top of your head and reduce your cataract risk.
Slather on the sunscreen
Applying sunscreen to exposed skin is a simple, easy way to reduce your exposure to damaging ultraviolet light on hot days in Pasadena and Southeast Houston. The best products offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to reapply the product throughout the day, especially if you've been sweating or swimming. Consider the sun protection factor (SPF) when you buy sunscreen. SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of the rays, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Make sunscreen use a daily habit. Even if you don't experience burns, your skin can still be damaged by the sun. When you wear sunscreen every day, you'll reduce your skin cancer risk.
Find a shady spot
Although shady areas don't completely block the sun's rays, they do offer important protection. Avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun will help you protect your skin. At the beach, set up your chair under a tree, or buy an umbrella or beach canopy. Going for a walk? Take your stroll on the shady side of the street.
Protect your eyes
Skin cancer can affect your eyelids and your eyes. Wearing sunglasses that provide UVB and UVA protection will lower your risk of skin cancer and cataracts. Buy a few pairs if you tend to misplace your shades.
See your dermatologist
Call us if you develop spots or lumps on your skin that don't go way or notice that a mole has changed color, shape or size or has begun to bleed. If you do have skin cancer, prompt treatment is essential.
Are you worried that you may have skin cancer, or would you like to improve the appearance of your skin? Call the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology at (281) 991-5944 to schedule an appointment in the Pasadena, TX, office or (281) 481-0033 to make an appointment at the Southeast Houston office.