Preventing Melanoma This Summer

Tips on Preventing Melanoma This Summer

Summer is right around the corner. As people head out on vacation and spend more time at the pool or beach, most of us will be getting more sun exposure. This means that it’s especially important to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and it’s most commonly caused by DNA damage from UV rays. Most often, UV-ray damage is caused by excess sun exposure. This summer, follow these tips to avoid UV-ray damage and, as a result, preventing melanoma. 

Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for trips to the pool or beach. You should apply sunscreen every morning, even if you will be spending the day inside. Sunlight and its harsh UV rays can stream through uncovered windows and reach your skin. So, no matter your plans for the day, slather on the sunscreen. 

If you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, opt for SPF 30 or above. For regular use, choose SPF 15 or above. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so while you’re spending time outside to ensure that you have continuous sun protection. 

Seek Out Shade

If you’re spending time outside during the peak times of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun is at its most intense, stay in the shade whenever possible. While staying in the shade won’t keep you fully protected against UV rays, it will minimize the impact of the rays on your skin. 

Steer Clear of Tanning Beds

Using tanning beds exposes your skin to UV radiation for prolonged periods. This can increase your risk of developing melanoma. If you want an instant tanner appearance, tanning sprays or creams are a safer alternative. 

You can still enjoy the summer season while keeping your skin safe against damaging UV rays. If you’re seeking skin cancer removal or repair services, don’t hesitate to contact the Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery today.