Fun in the Sun Now Could Mean Problems Later

Summer is upon us and many of us are looking forward to enjoying some “fun in the sun.” Spending time outside is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress and spend time with loved ones. Without properly protecting your skin from the sun, you are inadvertently increasing your risk of skin cancer. Let’s not forget about other undesirable physical signs of sun damage: wrinkles, discoloration and leathery appearing skin. Your skin is your largest organ. Show it some love!

Staying out of the sun completely is the best way to avoid sun damage; however, for most of us, this is not practical. So, if you plan on going outside, use precautions:

• Always wear a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen. Apply it every day. Make it a habit just as you do with brushing your teeth. Be sure to cover all exposed areas. Don’t forget your ears, eyelids, lips and back of hands. Apply every two hours while outdoors. Apply more frequently if you perspire or get wet.

• Avoid sun in the middle of the day from 10 am to 4 pm when the ultraviolet rays which cause skin damage are strongest.

• Wear protective clothing when outdoors for long periods. A long-sleeved shirt, pants and a wide-brimmed hat will protect your body against the sun’s harmful effects.

Genna Lubrano, MD is with the OakBend Medical Group. To request an appointment, call 281-497-0296.