It’s warming up and spring will soon turn into summer. May is skin cancer awareness month so we’ve come up with some tips to help you protect your skin all summer long. Melanoma (a form of skin cancer) is the second most common cancer in women ages 15-29 so it’s important to do what you can to protect your skin.

Shade Is Your Friend

Whether you are at the beach or at your local park, shade is your best friend. When possible, find the shady spots while you are outside especially when the sun’s rays are the strongest (around 10-4pm). Keeping a wide-brimmed hat in your car or an umbrella is also a great option if there is no shade nearby.

Say No To Tanning

I know we all love to have a great tan, but it’s just not great for your skin. Not only can it cause wrinkles and spots, but it can lead to skin cancer. Ditch the indoor and outdoor tanning and just stick to a self-tanner product if you are wanting more of a glow.

Cover Up

If you have to be in the son, consider wearing a long-sleeve shirt and long pants. You can also accessorize with a hat that shades your face or sunglasses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption.

Use Enough Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. There are also some lip balms that contains sunscreen. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. If you plan on swimming or sweating a lot, pick a sunscreen that is water resistant. Lastly, don’t forget to reapply when needed.

Don’t forget to also check your skin. If you noticed something suspicious like spots on your skin or any other changes in your skin, get it checked out. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to visit our website at or give us a call at 909.484.2105