Take time for skincare in the summer months
May 31, 2011
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which means that individuals should take extra caution when having fun in the sun this time of year. With Memorial Day beginning the summer season, it's essential to keep a few tips in mind on how to protect skin and prevent skin cancer, blemishes and wrinkles.
The most important weapon in the battle against skin cancer is sun block. Apply lotion before going outside, even if you will only be in the sun for a short amount of time. Wearing hats and covering up when outside for long periods of time will also prevent damage.
When spending time outside during the heat of the day, give your skin a break from the sun's rays and seek out a spot in the shade. This will help you stay cool and also keep your skin protected during the hottest hours of the day.
Additionally, be sure to visit a doctor for regular check-ups, particularly if you notice any new birthmarks, moles or freckles, or if any current moles change shape.
Those who have blemishes from the sun may also want to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon. Skin resurfacing can help individuals who have sun-damaged facial skin, vertical wrinkles around the mouth, crow's feet or any brown spots or blotches, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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