This week on our Instagram we are focusing on the effect nature and being outside can have on our moods and overall wellness. But, we don't think we need to convince you to spend more time outdoors, especially during a time like this when many of us feel trapped within our own homes.
Many of us are even spending more time than ever in the sun without even realizing it!
In these days of COVID, we're walking the dogs more, going on more hikes, and eagerly gardening. And while all of these activities have numerous benefits (exercise, vitamin D, relaxation, and reflection, just to name a few), don't forget that you're increasing your UV exposure!! Have you been compensating for this with increased SPF protection??
As a dermatologist, I'm always reminding my patients of the importance of PREVENTION.
Prevention keeps our skin looking youthful as well as helping to prevent UV related skin cancer.
Here are some factoids about skin cancer for you:
According to the CDC, the incidence of melanoma has doubled during the past three decades in the United States. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.5% (1 in 40) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for blacks, and 0.5% (1 in 200) for Hispanics.
100,350 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with new melanomas in 2020.
On age related cancers, melanoma is the #1 most diagnosed cancer among 25 to 29 year olds in the United States. For 15 to 29 year olds, it is the 3rd most common for men and 4th most common for women.
So how exactly can you continue to enjoy your time outdoors while preventing skin cancer and keeping yourself looking youthful?
Wear daily SPF 30 plus.
Reaply every 2-3 hours
Look for a mineral or chemical free, broad spectrum sunscreen
good examples are Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Oxide Dry-Touch Mineral Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50, or EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47 with Zinc and Titanium dioxide.
Wear a hat! Hats can complete your outfit, cover dirty hair and protect your scalp and face from the sun.
Many of the clothing have built in SPF 50 and it saves you from having to apply spf to areas covered by this type of clothing.
Even our new fashion accessory "the mask" has gone to SPF - check out SOLBARI's SPF 50 mask- covering lower face and neck!
And if you haven't been the best at "prevention", the end of summer is a perfect time to schedule your full body check with your dermatologist! You should do this yearly regardless, but the next best thing to prevention is catching something that is potentially dangerous early!! If skin cancers are found early they are totally curable.
Go out there and enjoy the sun but do so carefully- your skin will love you for it!!