Summer Sun and Your Skin

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As summer begins and people head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, it’s important to remember the dangers of skin cancer and what you can do to protect yourself.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) says one out of every three new cancers in America comes from skin cancer. ASAPS reminds people that it’s important to protect yourself when you go outside, and that means wearing sunscreen, long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses. Staying in the shade offers a safe haven from UV rays as well.

While skin cancer is the main danger, many people are also concerned with skin aging. Wrinkles and brown spots can often be a byproduct of too much sun exposure, but there are ways to fight back. Good moisturizers and cleansers can help, but in some cases plastic surgeons recommend a chemical peel or laser resurfacing. Deep wrinkles can be improved with Botox as well.

Doctors say it’s important to get screened for skin cancer and that it’s wise to steer clear of the tanning salon.

Source: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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