Here at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, our expertise is helping you turn back years with surgery or revealing a vibrant, younger-looking complexion with advanced skin rejuvenation services. But no matter which age-defying treatments you choose, the most important tool in your beauty arsenal will always be sunscreen. No ifs, ands or buts about it.
And do you know why sunscreen is on our minds? May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and sunscreen is your most powerful weapon against skin cancer. Here are a few statistics on sunscreen, skin cancer, and staving off the aging process in general:
Do you want to look younger for longer?
Be honest: Do you wear sunscreen every day? If not, here’s a statistic that may inspire you to do so! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who use sunscreen daily (with an SPF 15 or higher) show 24% less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily. You can slow the aging process simply by wearing sunscreen every day. In fact, it is estimated that 90% of your skin’s aging is caused by the sun, not age!
It’s never too late to start wearing sunscreen.
Sun damage is cumulative. We hear a lot of people share stories about when they were younger and foolish, and how they laid out on tinfoil, slathering baby oil all over their bodies to get that perfect St. Tropez tan. They think it’s too late to save their skin, but they’re wrong! Only about 23% of lifetime sun exposure occurs by age 18. It’s never too late to start protecting your skin; and best of all, we have the power to correct some of the damage you have already done. The advanced laser skin rejuvenation treatments on our menu are designed to reverse sun damage by removing damaged skin cells and stimulating the growth of healthy new skin cells, collagen, and elastin.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70, but you have the power to reduce your risk! Wearing sunscreen reduces your skin cancer risk dramatically. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad- spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Know the warning signs.
It can be confusing and hard to know when to call your doctor. Be on the lookout for the following:
• A new growth that just doesn’t look right and makes you say, “Wait, what’s that?” if it doesn’t go away in a few weeks or starts to grow, see the CNY Beauty Team and our trained plastic surgeons.
• Any growth on your skin that has changes in size, color, shape or texture.
• A spot or mole that looks different from the others. Is it darker, fuzzy or more than one color? Does it bleed, itch, hurt, crust or not heal? Get it checked!
We are passionate about arming you with the facts. To learn more, or if you have any questions, please call (315) 663-0112. We can also help you choose a medical-grade sunscreen that fits perfectly into your skin care and makeup routine. We are a flagship provider for SkinCeuticals®, which offers a wide range of sunscreens, from mattifying and tinted formulas to hydrating, non-comedogenic creams to suit your unique skin concerns. You can purchase these at our online store. You can also request a consultation by completing our online form.
Here’s to a healthy summer of happy, protected skin! See you soon!