can cause melanoma skin cancer, which
If you are looking to repair skin from
accounts for a large majority of skin
past damage, consider investing in
Do you have increased risk for skin damage from UV light?
cancer deaths, according to the Ameri-
antioxidants like vitamin C serums or
can Cancer Society.
retinoids. And, finally, visit your derma-
According to the American Cancer So-
“Patients tell me they visit tanning beds to get a base tan before vacation, but there is no such thing as a healthy, protective tan,” Kyle says. “Unfortunately, any tan is a sign that the ultraviolet light has induced changes in the DNA of skin
regarding areas of concern. Teens who have many moles or a family history of skin cancer should get a baseline check and plan to follow up with a dermatologist on a regular basis.
cells, causing them to increase their
With summer on the horizon, don’t
melanin or pigment production and
forget to stock up with sun-protection
thereby raising the risk of skin cancer.”
essentials. At minimum, each family
So what about those of us who religiously applied suntan oil in our younger days? If you’re not already committed to sun protection, it’s never too late to start. Remember that daily sunscreen use on the face is imperative for adults.
tologist for annual skin exams or advice
member should have 30+ SPF sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and a swim shirt. You also may want to consider investing in UV-protective clothing and quality sunglasses for more advanced protection against the sun.
ciety, you should be especially diligent to protect your skin from the sun if you: • Have light-colored skin • Have blue or green eyes • Have blond, red or light brown hair • Have previously been diagnosed with skin cancer or have a family history of skin cancer • Have lots of moles • Spend time at high altitudes • Spend a significant amount of time outside • Take medications that cause your skin to be sensitive to the sun.