From the beginning of the year to the end, your skin will be exposed to more sunlight than you may imagine. Even if you don’t spend much time outdoors, or in direct sunlight at all, or you never get sunburned at any time in the year, your skin is still exposed. That is why you hear so often that you should wear daily SPF of at least 30. Small bits of sun exposure add up over time. This year make plans, or resolutions, for better skincare. Resolve to wear sunscreen daily.

First Line of Defense Against Skin Cancer

Every year there are more cases of skin cancer. In fact, according to statistics, there are more skin cancer cases than other common types of cancer. Some types of skin cancer, if not diagnosed and treated early, can be potentially fatal. Regular sunblock and sunscreen use is the best defense you have against skin cancer. You do not have to lather up with the strongest SPF you can find every day. However, you should invest in a good daily moisturizer containing at least an SPF of 30, and then develop a daily routine that involves applying it each day.

Of course, sunscreen works best when you take other precautions, as well. Add these little tips to your skincare routine in your efforts to protect your skin:

  1. Avoid direct sunlight as much as is reasonable.
  2. When you’re in the sun, wear a hat, sunglasses, and cover your skin as much as is comfortable.
  3. If you need to be bare-skinned in the sun—such as while at the beach—use a strong sunscreen, and reapply often, even if it’s waterproof.
  4. Minimize your time in the sun as much as possible.

Finally, don’t avoid seeing your dermatologist. This could be a key to maintaining your skin’s overall health. Your doctor can help you watch for problems, teach you how to protect and care for your skin, and help you keep your skin healthy, overall. That is why we are here; contact Inverness Dermatology and Laser today.