When it comes to preventing skin cancer, early and effective action is
key. As your
dermatologist in Salt Lake City will share, there are plenty of safeguards that you can put into place
as well as minor lifestyle changes you can implement in order to keep
your skin healthy and cancer-free. Here are our top tips for preventing
Choose the Right Sunscreen
One of the simplest and most affordable ways to
protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to lather it regularly in sunscreen.
When shopping for sunscreen, look for one that offers a protection of
at least 15 SPF. The number correlates to how much UVB filtration the
cream will offer. As a rule of thumb, know that SPF 30 will block out
approximately 97% of the sun’s rays for a period of time.
Time Your Outdoor Activities Wisely
Another great way to prevent skin cancer is to spend as little time outdoors
as possible when the sun is at its strongest. If you regularly engage
in gardening, swimming, or another outdoor activity, then try to avoid
those activities between the hours of 10AM and 4PM. If you do have to
be outdoors during this time, use sunscreen and make sure you are wearing
SPF clothing and a hat to keep the sun off of your skin.
Ditch the Tanning Beds
Do you frequently tan using a tanning bed or tanning booth? If so, then
eliminate this bad habit immediately. These methods of tanning your skin
are incredibly detrimental to your overall skincare and heighten your
risk of developing skin cancer. Skin doctors agree that young people are
especially vulnerable to the risks of tanning beds and should never spend
time under the UVR light of a tanning bed.
If you’re concerned about skin cancer, then consult with a cosmetic
dermatologist at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. We offer skin cancer screenings
and can assist you in developing a personalized skin care routine. To
learn more about
our services or the skincare products we recommend, call (801) 266-8841.