Do you know what SPF sunscreen is required to reduce your risk of developing Melanoma with intentional sun exposure? (Hint: Its a trick question)
As many of us eagerly anticipate warmer weather of Springtime, it is time to consider sun related skin protection. Every year we consider covering exposed areas sunscreen to diminish the consequences of sun related skin damage and sun related skin cancer. With all the choices at the store it is tough to decide what SPF is required for you and your family. The rules and recommendations seem to change enough to make it difficult to remember. Unfortunately, it seem that sunscreen use with intentional sun exposure does not reduce your risk of developing melanoma! Why would sunscreen not reduce our melanoma risk in these situations? The most popular theory suggests the use of sunscreen allows us to stay in the sun longer thus increasing our overall sun exposure. Sunscreen only delays the damage of harmful ultraviolet sun rays. It does not prevent.
Fortunately, sunscreen use at appropriate SPF does reduce risk of developing the more common Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the skin and the skin related signs of aging. It is best to use a higher SPF sunscreen and limit your overall sun exposure. Covering areas with hats or clothing should reduce your risk for all types of skin cancer.
What can you do about the sun related red and brown spots of the skin not suspicious for cancer? IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo facials work well to reduce or remove those signs of aging and give the skin a brighter fresher look. The optimal time for IPL is in the non summer months when skin is the lightest.
A little sun exposure can be great to banish those Winter blues and help replenish your Vitamin-D levels just keep in moderation of less than 15 minutes per day.
Have a great Spring,