In honor of skin cancer awareness month, and because skin care is what we do, we want to take this time to share some expert advice on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, not only in the summer, but all year round.
Invest in medical-grade sun protection.
If you’re now trying to think of which sunscreens would be best to make part of your daily routine, our skin care professionals are happy to help! We encourage you to give us a call at (315) 663-0112 if you’d like to discuss your skin type and goals for expert advice. When it comes to medical-grade formulations, we proudly offer a SkinCeuticals® Sun Care Kit. As part of our Mother’s Day special this month, when you purchase the Sun Care kit from May 3rd until May 7th, you’ll receive a free sunscreen and a 15 mL Retexturing Activator!
When outdoors, stick to the shade and wear sunglasses and a hat.
Staying in the shade and wearing sunglasses, a hat and/or long sleeves and pants can go a long way in protecting your skin and yourself from skin cancer and even just bothersome sunburns. In the heat of summer, even just sticking to shaded areas and using UV-blocking sunglasses can make a big difference! You can help yourself by keeping a long-sleeve shirt or other more-covering clothing in your car or bag to have on-hand if you need it. More than anything, effective sun protection is about making informed habits and choices.
Check your skin with the ABCDE method.
This method can help you remember how to look for the warning signs of skin cancer so you can catch it at its earliest, most treatable stages.
A: Asymmetry (healthy moles are symmetrical)
B: Border (healthy moles have clean, not jagged borders)
C: Color (healthy moles are usually one color only)
D: Diameter (healthy moles are no larger than the size of an eraser on a pencil tip)
E: Evolution (healthy moles never evolve in shape, size or elevation)
Not only can these tips help reduce your risk of skin cancer, but they also will help you enjoy healthier, younger-looking skin for the long term. This is because 90% of skin aging is actually caused by cumulative sun exposure. You’re in control of most of your skin’s aging! By following our advice and treating yourself to clinically proven skin rejuvenation treatments at CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, you can experience glowing, youthful skin for years to come.