Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio, and with those longer days comes sunshine – lots of it! But before you dive headfirst into outdoor adventures, it’s crucial to Know Your Spots and up your sun protection game.

Why Sun Protection Matters

Sun exposure is a leading cause of skin cancer. By protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, you can significantly reduce your risk. But here’s the catch: the sun’s rays are strong year-round, not just in the heat of summer. Spring is a prime time to re-establish a sun protection routine.

Know Your Spots: A Self-Check for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early. Here’s how to perform a quick self-check for any suspicious moles or spots:

  • Grab a mirror: In good lighting, examine your entire body, front and back, including your scalp, palms, soles of your feet, and behind your ears. Use a hand mirror to check hard-to-reach areas.
  • Look for the ABCDEs of Melanoma: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variation, Diameter greater than 6 millimeters, and Evolving size, shape, or color.
  • Don’t forget in between: If you notice anything unusual, schedule an appointment online at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center or by calling 330-425-7600.

Spring Sun Protection Essentials

  • Sunscreen, Every Day: Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily, even on cloudy days. Don’t forget your lips and ears!
  • Sun-Safe Clothing: Cover up with long sleeves, pants, and wide-brimmed hats whenever possible. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics in spring colors.
  • Seek Shade: Plan outdoor activities for mornings or evenings when the sun’s rays are less intense. Take advantage of shade whenever possible.

Spring Forward with Healthy Habits

Sun protection is just one piece of the puzzle. Here are some additional tips for healthy skin:

  • Hydration is Key: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Nourish your skin with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains rich in antioxidants.
  • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can take a toll on your skin. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as exercise or relaxation techniques.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather while keeping your skin safe and healthy. Remember, “Know Your Spots” and spring forward with sun protection for a happy and healthy season!