Find out how to protect your skin and detect potentially life-threatening changes with your Edmond dermatologist. 

Whether you are someone who just can’t wait to hit the slopes during the winter months or you just can’t get enough of warm, sunny days, there are so many situations that could spell disaster for the health of your skin. Our Edmond, OK, dermatologist, Dr. David Graham, offers up some helpful ways to protect your skin while still enjoying the great outdoors:

Know When to Avoid the Sun

While 10AM-4PM is prime time when it comes to going outside, this is when the sun’s rays are strongest. While the best option is to avoid the sun as much as possible during these hours we understand that this isn’t always possible. When you must go outside there are other measures you can take to protect your skin.

Use Sunscreen

If this is the only thing you take away from the post then great! Wearing sunscreen is one of the best things you can do to protect your skin. Of course, it’s important that you choose the right kind of sunscreen. Opt for one with at least an SPF of 15 (if not higher) and choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays and is water-resistant.

Know How to Apply Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen every day is important but knowing how to do it is most important. You want to apply about 2 tablespoons of sunscreen over your entire body about 30 minutes before heading outside. And make sure to bring that sunscreen with you, as you’ll need to reapply every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating).

Wear Protective Clothing

While warm weather often welcomes shorts, tank tops and lighter clothing, these articles of clothing do not protect skin from the rays of the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outdoors and consider wearing thick, woven fabrics, which won’t allow the sun’s rays to penetrate through.

If you notice any changes to the shape, color or size of a mole then it’s time you schedule an appointment with our Edmond, OK, skin doctor right away. Turn to the skincare experts at Silver Leaf Dermatology and let us know that you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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