Skin Care Tips
Summer has officially arrived - and with it comes an increase in daylight and outdoor activities. Whether you are taking a stroll in the park, heading to the beach or swimming laps, you need to take care of your skin.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, MD of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Exton, PA knows how important skincare is year-round - but especially in the summer months. As Dr. Gottlieb says, "Skincare is healthcare!" Follow Dr. Gottlieb's tips for healthy skin all summer long.
- Use Sunscreen Correctly
Sunscreen should be applied whenever you are outdoors for 20 minutes or more for any reason. Although most people apply sunscreen at the beach, they rarely do it when doing routine activities such as walking, gardening or running errands.
Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes prior to exposure. It should also be reapplied every two hours or after you come out of the water. Dr. Gottlieb recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that is water resistant.
The specific brand or type (i.e. spray, lotion or cream) is unimportant. If you find one you like, you are likely to use it. Another great option is sun-protective clothing, such as Coolibar.
- If Possible, Stay in the Shade
Using sunscreen is important because we all like to be active and cannot always stay in the shade or under an umbrella. However, sun avoidance is the best way to protect yourself from the sun. Longterm sun exposure, even if you tan rather than burn, is highly associated with skin cancer and premature aging.
- Get Your Moles Checked
An annual skin exam by a board-certified dermatologist takes 5-10 minutes and can save your life. Although everyone should have an annual skin exam, it is particularly important if any moles are new or changing, or if any skin lesions are painful, scaly or bleeding.
Want to learn more?
Attend the ForeverWell Lunch & Learn, presented by Schweiger Dermatology, on August 16 at the Lionville Community YMCA.