As the weather starts to heat up, it’s easy to forget about being sun smart. If you’re headed into the pool always make sure you’ve slopped on enough sun block at least 20 minutes before hitting the water. Use a broad spectrum sun block which is at least SPF 30 and reapply every hour if you’re in the pool or every 2 hours if you’re keeping dry.
Not only will this help to keep your skin protected from developing nasty moles but it will also help to prevent skin ageing.
This year I’m continuing to improve my skin cancer knowledge by completing certificates from the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Skin cancer will affect 2 in 3 Australians at some point in their lives so it is important to have your skin checked regularly. If you notice any new or changing moles, for example a change in size, shape, colour or whether they are itchy or bleeding, be sure to book in for a full skin check.
Of course prevention is the best cure, so don’t forget the sun block for days when the UV index is 3 or higher.
We may be coming into winter but that doesn’t mean you should stop looking after your skin.
In fact during these cooler climates it’s important to pay more attention to your skin as it may dry and crack. Regularly moisturise to keep your skin supple and hydrated and don’t forget the sun block for days when the UV index is 3 or higher. And of course, great skin comes from within so make sure you keep yourself well hydrated with plenty of water.