How Does the Sun Affect Your Skin?

Who isn’t excited that the weather is warming up enough to spend more of our time during the day outdoors? While the sun is great for getting vitamin D and improving our moods, it is important to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect our skin.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville is here to help you have fun in the sun while staying safe this summer!

How Can I Take Better Care of My Skin?

While many people tend to focus on improving their mental and physical health through a healthy diet and regular exercise, it is important that you are also taking steps to protect your skin.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can take better care of your skin.

Ways to Care for Your Skin

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Moisturize your skin.
  • Pat your skin when drying off after a shower or swimming.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Eat a healthy diet.

Am I at Risk for Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans diagnosed by age 70.

Fortunately, with early detection, skin cancer is also one of the most treatable cancers. Therefore, it is important for you to do all you can to protect the skin you’re in, especially when out in the sun.

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on all exposed skin.
  • Seek shade when possible.
  • Avoid the sun in the middle of the day, when the sun’s rays are hottest.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Wear sunglasses that have UVA and/or UVB protection.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the scalp, eyelids, ears, hands and feet.

Did you get a really bad sunburn, or do you have a spot on your skin that will not heal? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today for a medical evaluation to ensure you are treating your skin issue properly.