May is Melanoma Awareness Month and we thought it the perfect time to discuss healthy habits to protect the skin from premature aging! According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, “With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.” In this post, we are going to share with you some tips for keeping that skin looking youthful and healthy!
According to the L’oreal Paris & Melanoma Research Alliance, “59% of women know they should wear sunscreen, yet only 30% do.” Not only is Melanoma extremely serious, but sun prevention can save you big bucks in the aging department and more expensive forms of anti-aging treatments later down the road. Did you also know that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.”
As vacations and ball seasons ensue, we cannot stress how important it is to PRACTICE SAFE SUN, not only to save yourself from the risks of skin cancer, but also, to prevent accelerated aging of your skin! Who doesn’t want that!?
Here are a few tips we’ve outlined for healthy skin practices…
The most common cause of skin cancer is due to sun exposure from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Pick a super broad-spectrum protection of UVA, UVB and IRA rays that is a 30 SPF protection or above. Antioxidant protection found in Infrared protective sunscreens fight free radical damage that ultimately helps prevent premature aging. Hats and sunglasses are also a great way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Moisturizing keeps the skin supple and smooth. Applying a moisturizer after a shower to the face and body will help keep skin looking and feeling fresh!
In addition to causing cancer, smoking causes wrinkles. According to Harvard Health, “Smoking reduces blood flow and prematurely wrinkles the skin, giving it a leathery appearance.”
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
We are always preaching the benefits of proper nutrition and the case is no different here! Consume fruits, veggies, and foods high in vitamins and antioxidants to help achieve a natural glow!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Findings from a few studies suggest that moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance.”
Following these simple steps can dramatically benefit the health and protection of your skin. During this Melonoma Awareness Month, we encourage you to incorporate these healthy skin practices into your regimen!
If you feel you are experiencing signs and symptoms of aging skin, our team would be happy to discuss options with you during a consult! Call us at (225)960-1580 to schedule a consult and take proactive steps during the aging process.