As important as it is to enjoy the summer months and all they have to offer, it’s equally as important to take care of yourself, and your future self.
According to the Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care Centre, one person dies from melanoma almost every hour in the United States. This shocking statistic certainly hits home considering there were 105 biopsies completed in the last month alone at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery.
Protecting your skin now will prevent painful burns and even skin cancer in the future. Whether it’s an overcast sky or a scorching July day, applying sunscreen to protect yourself can ultimately save your life. The Sheer Fluid Sunshield at MidAmerica’s Spa is 50% off through the entire month of May; offering a weightless, water resistant protection perfect for sensitive skin and children. For those who are looking for more coverage, the Daily Tinted Sunshield is a beautiful substitute for a regular BB cream. It protects while concealing some discoloration.
Laura, FNP-BC at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery discusses ways to prevent skin damage and what to look out for.
- Seeking shade especially between 10 AM and 4PM
- Never use tanning beds
- Avoid sunburn: cover with clothing, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and use sunscreen daily
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours and also reapply after your skin gets wet from swimming or extreme sweating
- Complete Self-skin exams every month and report any new or changing lesions to your doctor.
- See your doctor yearly for professional skin exam
Each of these steps is key to the longevity and health of your skin.
Angela Armstrong’s powerful story truly puts the importance of skin protection into perspective. In 2015, Armstrong was diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma while being 36 weeks pregnant. After years of clean checkups, in October 2017, the cancer came back as Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma. Her family and friends are hosting a Trivia Night and Silent Auction to support her medical and living expenses. If you wish to attend, the event is on August 11th, 2018 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fenton, Missouri. This incredible woman deserves endless support and love for the strength she has possessed throughout this journey.
You may not be able to do anything about past sun exposure, but being proactive now is life changing. Do it for yourself today, so your future self can thank you later.