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Skin Cancer Safety: Protecting Yourself in the Summer

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keep-your-skin-safe-from-dangerous-raysAre you someone who loves to bake outside in the sun? Here are tips to make sure you stay safe. 

Well, skin cancer is real, whether you believe it or not. It’s serious and can happen to anyone. Many women go to tanning salons and bake in a tanning bed multiple times a week.

Ladies, it's time for a wake-up call.

If you plan to be outside, protect your skin! We all have been guilty of this, but using an SPF 4 is basically just rubbing regular lotion on your skin. Don’t kid yourself. You need an SPF 15 or 30. 

Here are some tips and your need-to-know information on keeping your skin safe from the dangers of the sun.

Tips for Keeping Your Skin Safe

  1. Put sunscreen on 10 minutes before going outside. You want to let it absorb into your skin. If your sunscreen says it’s waterproof, don’t listen to it. Reapply anyway.
  2. Know your body. If you notice anything unusual on your skin, seek a dermatologist’s care immediately.
  3. Keep sunscreen in your backpack, purse or car in case you are unexpectedly outside for a long period of time. If you are already burnt, try to avoid going outside until it heals. Use aloe lotion and then wear sunscreen. You can also wear protective clothing and a hat.

According to dermatologists, people only use half of the amount of sun block they should. A good way to remember is to use a shot glass size amount and to re-apply often, especially after swimming or sweating. If you desire that sun-kissed look, use self-tanning lotions. They give you a gradual tan without the dangers.

Dangers of Tanning

Those who tan using tanning beds are 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. That is scary. If you use a tanning bed just once in your life, before the age of 35, your risk for skin cancer skyrockets.

Dermatologists have diagnosed an alarming amount of teens and young adults with skin cancer. Your local tanning salon won’t tell you any of this information because they need to stay in business. Women will always want to be brown during the summer and even during the winter. But, you need to know the facts. Women between the ages of 18 and 39 are being diagnosed with skin cancer.

There has been an 800 percent increase in diagnoses in the past 40 years in this age group. Sure, having a tan can make you feel better about how you look. And, being tan gives the illusion of looking thinner and shows off those pearly-whites. But the dangers it can cause are not worth it. Outdoor tanning in the natural sunlight still causes skin damage, although, indoor tanning is more dangerous.

The best thing you can do is avoid tanning beds altogether, and if you choose to be outside in the sun, protect your skin as best as you can. Use these tips on keeping your skin safe from dangerous rays and talk to your dermatologist for more information on skin cancer.

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