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The 3 S’s of Sun Safety

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How to master the art of skin protection

Ah, the sun's warm embrace! While it feels amazing, it's important to learn how to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. That’s because the sun, while giving us a natural boost, is also the number one contributor to skin cancer.

But, with some smart moves, you can enjoy some sunny moments this summer while keeping your skin safe and sound.

1. Sunscreen

Fifteen to 30 minutes before you step outside, slather on the sunscreen. Do this even on a cloudy day, as up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. Choose a lotion, gel, spray or stick that’s waterproof with a minimum of 30 SPF and broad-spectrum coverage that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

Make sure you cover all exposed skin, including face, neck, arms and legs. Don't forget commonly overlooked areas like ears, hands and the back of your neck. Also, be sure to reapply every two hours or more frequently if sweating or swimming.

2. Shade

UV rays are the strongest between 11 am and 4 pm, so this is a great time to enjoy the shade. Go for a hike in a wooded area, relax on a covered porch or bring an umbrella with you if you’re headed to the beach. A wide-brimmed hat is also a great summer staple.

3. Shields

If you’re unable to stay out of the sun, clothing acts as a great shield. Choose items made from tightly woven fabrics such as cotton, denim or polyester. These fabrics have a tighter weave that allows less UV radiation to penetrate the fabric.

Don't forget sunglasses! Choose ones that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection to shield your eyes from potential damage. Look for sunglasses with larger frames or wrap-around styles for better coverage.

Skin care in Duluth, MN

Regularly checking your skin for any changes is an important step in protecting yourself. Do a monthly spot check to keep an eye on moles, freckles or any new spots that may appear.

If you notice any unusual changes like irregular borders, color variations or rapid growth, it's time to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider so he or she can do an initial evaluation of that concerning spot.

To establish care, call 218.249.4000 or request an appointment online.