Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

Find out how you can protect your healthy skin from skin cancer.

Spring has sprung and before long we will all be enjoying the benefits of summer. Maybe you and your family are planning to take that much-needed beach vacation or you are planning to soak up the rays with picnics and daily walks. However you choose to celebrate summer, your Warrenton dermatologist Dr. Juan-Carlos Caballero wants to make sure that everyone keeps their skin safe during the warm months and throughout the year.

The Best Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

There are so many things you can do to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun and the sooner you start the better. Here are some handy tips to follow:

Limit Time in the Sun

Did you know that the sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 11AM and 4PM? This means avoiding the sun as much as possible during these times and opting for off times to enjoy the great outdoors.

Seek the Shade

Of course, your Warrenton skin doctor knows that people don’t plan to spend the majority of their summers indoors, which is why these next few tips will help with protecting yourself while outside. Whenever you do go out this summer (even if it’s between 11AM and 4PM or not) you will want to seek shade whenever possible to limit exposure, whether this means lying under an umbrella or picnicking under a tree. Also, opt for protective clothing that covers your arms and legs, and don’t forget to wear a brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Cloudy Days Don’t Protect

You may see a cloudy summer day and think that you don’t have to put on sunscreen or wear protective clothing, but think again! About 80 percent of the sun’s rays can easily penetrate through clouds and fog. So don’t think you’re impervious to a sunburn on any given day.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

This rule should always go without saying but so many people don’t wear sunscreen at all let alone correctly. Opt for sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it about 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours (or reapply after sweating or swimming). Not sure what kind of sunscreen is right for you? We would be happy to help!

Your skin health is important, so it’s also important that you turn to the skin care experts in Warrenton. Call Warrenton Dermatology & Skin Therapy Center today to schedule your next skin cancer screening.

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