5 Tips To Take Care Of Your Skin This Summer

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Skin cancer is one of Australia’s most common cancers, with approximately 2,000 Australians dying from it each year. These high rates are due, in large part, to the country’s high levels of UV radiation. It is predicted that there will be 57 cases of skin cancer per 100,000 people in 2022, and these rates are unlikely to improve any time soon.

It has also been reported that around 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. It is also true that men are more likely to get skin cancer than women, with a 70% risk for men and a 58% risk for women.

Most skin cancer deaths are caused by melanoma, which has a five-year survival rate of 99% if it’s detected before it spreads to the lymph nodes. However, if the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes before it is spotted, the five-year survival rate drops to 66%.

With such concerning statistics, it’s never been more important to take preventative measures that will help you to avoid being diagnosed with skin cancer.

With Australia still recording one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, it’s still so important to take care of our skin in the heat of summer. Just like every other part of our bodies, our skin needs to be protected and cared for to make sure it stays healthy. There are simple things you can do to take care of your skin during the warmer months – here’s our top five tips.

Keep An Eye On The Time

If you do need to be out in the sun, or if you just like being outdoors, make sure you step out with the proper protection. In Australia, it’s recommended that 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun three to four times a week – and before 10 am or after 3 pm – is enough for healthy Vitamin D exposure without the risk of skin damage. If you do want to be out in the middle of the day, try to stay out of direct sunlight and wear protective gear like a hat and sunglasses.

Splurge On The Sunscreen

If there’s one thing you need this summer, it’s sunscreen. Without sunscreen, your skin’s incredibly vulnerable to issues – from a slight burn to even something more sinister. You can take great care of your skin by applying a sunscreen that’s ideal for your skin type. You’ll enjoy the best results with a broad-spectrum sunscreen applied often throughout the day, and after exercising or taking a dip.

In Australia, the lowest form of SPF you’ll find is SPF 15, and ideally, you don’t want to be applying anything with less than this. SPF 15 sunscreen blocks approximately 93% of the UV rays that hit your skin, so it can make a big difference.

The next level up is SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UV rays. While it may not seem like much of a difference compared to SPF 15, you’re actually blocking half of the radiation that a sunscreen with SPF 15 would have let through.

The final level, which is SPF 50, is the highest amount that is legal in Australia (some countries offer SPF 100). This provides an extra 1% protection compared to SPF 30, giving you 98% coverage.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Keep your skin – and the rest of you – hydrated for optimal health in summer. If you find you sweat frequently, either naturally or because you exercise hard, regular showers will keep your skin fresh and clean. Boost your fluid intake during the warmer months to help clear the toxins from your skin, which depends on the vitamins and minerals in fluids to truly look its best.

Cover Up Your Skin

It may seem like a challenge in the intense heat of summer, but if you can manage it, try to keep as much of your skin covered as possible, especially if you are planning to spend a lot of time exposed to the sun. Clothing that covers your arms and legs is a good idea. Try a long skirt or loose-fitting trousers, which will help you to cover up without overheating. You could also opt for a sun scarf to cover up any exposed skin like the back of your neck, which can easily get burnt.

A broad sunhat can also go a long way to protecting your skin by providing a physical barrier between you and the sun. Casting your face into shadow, they are a good way to prevent harmful UV rays from burning your skin and leading to harmful problems later on – and this includes protecting your scalp. Sunglasses are another way you can protect your skin, as well as your delicate eyes.

While lots of people wear sunglasses as a fashion accessory, you need to make sure the sunglasses you’re wearing offer 100% UV protection. What’s more, the bigger your sunglasses are, the better – if someone can see your eyes clearly when they stand at your side, then the sun’s rays can also sneak through.

Don’t Skip A Skin Check

Skin cancer checks are an important way of keeping your skin healthy and have been recommended by the Cancer Council as a great way to prevent and identify problematic lesions. You can do your own skin checks in the comfort of your home, or go to your local doctor or medical practice to be checked out by a professional.

Enjoy Healthy Skin This Summer With Mooney Street Medical

It’s never been a better time to look after your skin, and the friendly, professional team at Mooney Street Medical is here to help. Visit our state-of-the-art Gulliver practice for a reliable skin cancer check or advice when you need it. Our team commits to delivering quality, compassionate care and health education for all patients, young and old. Contact us today on (07) 4779 3055.