Protect Your Skin from the Sun
posted: Jul 03, 2017.
What your dermatologist in Tulsa, Oklahoma wants you to know
Being out in the sun is wonderful, the warmth on your face and shoulders. Unfortunately, the sun is also damaging, especially to your skin. Sun exposure is one of the main culprits that can lead to lines, wrinkles, and other early signs of aging. Dr. Lynn Anderson at Midtown Dermatology in Tulsa, Oklahoma wants to help you protect your skin from the sun.
You can still enjoy being out in the sun, but it’s important to follow these simple steps to protect yourself against sun damage:
- Always wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15
- Reapply the sunscreen periodically or if you get wet
- Wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 if you are outside for extended periods
- Wear protective gear like sunglasses and hats
- Try to stay in the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM when damaging rays are at their highest
It’s vital to stay hydrated when you are out in the sun, so drink lots of water. When you come in after sun exposure, use a moisturizing lotion or cream to keep your skin soft.
If you are older you may already notice some signs of sun damage including:
- Dry, flaky, itchy skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles forming
- Sun spots, hyperpigmentation, discolorations or moles
Fine lines and wrinkles are just annoying, but discolorations and moles can be something more serious. You should examine your moles on a regular basis because moles and other discolorations can be a sign of skin cancer. Remember that 1 in 5 people in the United States will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Do a quick check of your moles regularly and look for:
- Asymmetrical moles or moles with irregular borders
- Moles of different or changing colors
- Moles greater than 6 millimeters in diameter
Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can do to prevent premature aging or skin damage. For more information about sun protection, skin cancer, and other skin conditions talk with an expert. Call Dr. Lynn Anderson at Midtown Dermatology in Tulsa, Oklahoma today to find out more!