Your Charleston dermatologist can teach you how to protect your skin from the sun!
If you're planning a trip to the beach soon, don't forget to protect your skin. Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet too often people fail to adequately shield themselves from the damaging effects of the sun. Dr. Joseph N. Myers, Jr., your Charleston, SC dermatologist at Magnolia Dermatology, LLC, shares a few tips that will help you protect your skin.
Use sunscreen wisely
Have you ever gotten burned, even though you applied sunscreen as soon as you arrived at the beach? You may not have used enough sunscreen or might not have applied it soon or often enough. Reapply broad spectrum sunscreen at least every two hours or after you get wet or sweat, even if you use a water resistant product. Look for products that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, but make sure you get the full benefit of the sun protection factor by applying enough sunscreen. Use at least two tablespoons to coat your body and a nickel-size amount for your face. Apply sunscreen about a half-hour before you go outside.
Prevent sun damage by covering your skin with pants and long-sleeve shirts while you relax on the beach. Long sleeve rashguards protect your skin while you swim and are lightweight and comfortable. Out of the water, wear a hat with a brim to shield your face and eyes from the sun.
Sun exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts and eye and eyelid skin cancers. Reduce that risk by choosing sunglasses that provide both UVA and UVB protection. For maximum protection, choose wraparound sunglasses.
Change your routine
Avoid the beach between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun's rays are the strongest. Instead, hit the beach in the early morning or late afternoon.
Do you have sun damage or another skin concern? Call Dr. Myers, your Charleston, SC dermatologist at Magnolia Dermatology, LLC at (843) 769-2100. Protect your skin from skin cancer!