Dr. SpeakerAs our longer summer days are approaching, so are the stronger ultraviolet rays, so we have to be more vigilant in protecting our skin. Make sure you are reapplying your sun block every 80 minutes; applying once in the morning is just not enough. This will help maintain a constant barrier from the UV rays. Just as important, you should be wearing a wide brim hat to protect not only your face but your ears as well. Try to avoid being outside for extended periods of time during 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The late morning and early afternoon is when the sun is at its strongest. In Southern California your skin gets dry, remember to stay hydrated and moisturize regularly to keep your skin in its best condition.

So whatever you have planned for this winter season, take these tips and enjoy. We offer various brands of sunscreen at The Center for Dermatology Care. Visit your Dermatologist to see which sunscreen would be best for you!

*The EPA Enviromental Protection Agency is a firm believer in Slip, slop, slap and wrap! Slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum spf 30 or higher, slap on a wide brimmed hat and wrap up on sunglasses! My favorite is Elta MD. This line of sunblock contains Zinc Oxide, providing a physical block to the strong UV rays during the summer. It also has a tinted cream which goes easy without white streaks.

*Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely

*Summer is approaching and millions of Americans are preparing for the beautiful California weather. With the sunshine and warm weather, risks for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

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