Damaged skin is not healthy skin, simple as that. When you don’t take proactive measures to keep your skin protected from the sun, you run the risk of developing issues later on. Keep reading to learn why and how to protect skin from sun damage.
Why You Should Protect Skin from Sun Damage
When you protect your skin from sun damage, you decrease the chance of forming skin cancer and other skin issues. Skin cancer affects people of all ages, especially people over the age of fifty. Not just one type of skin cancer exists; there are three main types, including:
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer, but if caught early it can be treated. However, you may not even need to have treatment if you make the small effort to protect your skin every day.
How to Keep your Skin Healthy
A few simple, daily steps make the difference between healthy, glowing skin and damaged, dull skin. First, always apply a sunscreen to your face, neck, hands and other exposed areas of your body. Using a sunscreen, and reapplying if you swim or exercise, is the simplest way to avoid uneven skin tone and skin cancers. Second, wear clothing that covers your skin. A physical barrier, like a long-sleeved shirt, adds another layer of protection along with sunscreen. If you live in a climate with high temperatures, select fabrics that are light and airy, but don’t let sun seep in. Lastly, limit your time spent sitting or standing in direct sunlight. By staying in the shade while you are outdoors, you reduce the amount of exposure your skin gets.
Knox Dermatology is proud to offer the best sunscreens to protect skin from sun damage. Dr. George is an expert in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. If you find yourself in need of a skin check or have a concerning spot, contact us to schedule your appointment or stock up on sunscreen!