Keeping your skin safe this summer

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(WBNG) — While many are soaking up the sun this summer, there are some things you can do to get a healthy glow, while also staying safe.

“In addition to sunscreen, which is essential everyday, seek shade. Don’t be out in the sun, avoid it between 10 and two. And wear protective clothing,” said physician assistant Melissa Bohac.

Medical professionals say even when the sun isn’t shining, you should be aware of its effects.

“The sun is always out,” said Bohac. “Even if you don’t see it, it is out, and even on a cloudy day, 85 to 87% of the sun’s rays will reach your skin.”

Experts say those rays can do much more than give you a bad sunburn.

“You’re also having the additive effects of aging, wrinkling, looking older than you should at your age,” said Bohac.

Skin cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. but it is also the most preventable. And medical professionals say all ages are at risk.

“Generally in the past, we’ve seen it in older people who are exposed to the sun over 60, 70, 80 years. With the advent of sunlamps, tanning beds, things like that, we see younger and younger people who are being exposed to huge doses of ultraviolet light so we are seeing people at a very young age, teenagers, with skin cancers,” said Bohac.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital is touting a sunscreen that can help. ‘Sunforgettable’ by Colorescience has a bronzing component, which is why some say it’s the best of both worlds.

“People who insist on having some type of tan or summer glow can get that but still have SPF protection of 50 for both their face and body,” said Bohac.

Even when you’re taking care of your skin, professionals say you should always be on the lookout.

“Skin cancer, you’re looking for changes primarily. You have lesions that don’t heel, they start like a pimple or rough spot, and it gets a little better, then it comes back, or it’s continually bleeding,” said Bohac.

They say, when in doubt, the most important thing you can do is get checked by a doctor.

Annabelle Flaherty

Annabelle Flaherty

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