May is National Skin Care Awareness month which brings skin into focus. Most of us are aware of the dangers of skin cancer today; we’ve heard stories or known a friend or relative who has battled the awful disease. It is easy to think surely that won’t happen to me, but with summer here (or quickly approaching) it’s time for a reality check, and some helpful tips from Dr. Molly, of Sunflower Medical Day Spa, for staying safe at the pool, on the beach, or for just hanging on your front porch.
1. The Facts:
- 1 in 5 Americans will get some form of skin cancer.
- 1 in 50 will get melanoma.
- In the US, one person dies of skin cancer every hour.
- Your skin holds everything together. It also, protects your body, helps keep your body at just the right temperature, and allows us to have the sense of touch.
2. Location, Location, Location: Seek the shade, not the sun. Umbrellas or cabanas can be extremely helpful. Avoid the sun between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
3. Best Skin Protection: Wear sunscreen daily with a minimum SPF of 30. Wearing sunscreen and practicing other methods of sun protection not only helps to fight off skin cancer but also gives us the best cosmetic outcomes for beautiful skin. Sun exposure and tanning (whether tanning beds or natural sun) induce permanent wrinkles, red-brown blotchy skin, sun spots, which are all referred to as photo aging. Therefore, tanning for a more appealing aesthetic look is actually cosmetically self-defeating.”
4. What to Wear: Wear a broad rimmed hat and big sunglasses. Hats protect our scalp, ears, neck, face and eyes. Wear sun protective clothing. Choose swim attire made of lightweight sun protective fabric. My favorite company for hats and clothing is Coolibar.
5. How to Get Involved: Tell your friends and family members. Perform self skin exams monthly and help a loved one to do the same. Encourage young teens to not use tanning beds/indoor tanning.”
ALWAYS: Encourage loved ones to see a dermatologist if they have new or changing moles or spots that don’t heal. Encourage young teens to not use tanning beds/indoor tanning.
The Sunflower Spa was created in 2004 and has been servicing the community through chemical peels, microdermabrasion, waxing and many other services. The spa also has a new service called dermaplanning, an exfoliation treatment that removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, and the short fine hairs over the entire face, resulting in smooth skin, enhanced product absorption and rejuvenation of skin.
“With dermaplaning, short fine (also known as vellus) hairs won’t return coarser or darker, because the structure of the hair is not damaged. For the ultimate in skin rejuvenation, dermaplaning can be followed with a chemical peel.” For more tips on Skin Cancer Prevention or for more information about the spa or dermatology, please visit www. Sunflowerderm.com.
Valuable Tips from Dr. Molly B. Menser of Sunflower Medical Day Spa.
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