Summer Skin Safety Tips

Your skin is the largest organ in your body - protect it!

Summer Skin Safety

Every day we see headlines about the importance of sun protection and protecting ourselves from skin cancer. We know by now that tanning is bad for your skin and that multiple sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Yet, we still love the warm rays of the sun on our skin, especially after many months of cold, Fargo winters. So how do we practice smart sun exposure?

Avoid sun between the hours of 11 AM & 4 PM

Between the hours of 11 AM & 4 PM, the sun is the most powerful. This is when the sun can do the most damage to your skin so cover it up or plan indoor activities! In Europe that is siesta time - take a nap if you can!

SPF 30 or Higher

At Catalyst, we recommend wearing an SPF of 30 or higher. The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. So ideally, with SPF 30 it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.

Every. Two. Hours.

Applying sunscreen at the beginning of the day is great, however, it's crucial to reapply! The skin literally "uses up" the active ingredient in the lotion over time, meaning it can't do anymore. Sweating and swimming cause the sunscreen to wear off even faster, so consider reapplying every hour in those conditions. Also, be sure to let the reapplied sunscreen soak into the skin for a few minutes before diving back into the water, otherwise, it'll wash right off!

Yearly Skin Checks

If you have never had a skin check, schedule one with your dermatology provider. This is one of the most important prevention tools to ensure your skin has no malignant lesions. Early detection is key! Catalyst realizes how important these yearly checks are, so we offer FREE opportunities for our community to get checked. Watch our Facebook page for more information on our Free Skin Screening Events!

Utilize Self-Tanners and Spray Tanning

We realize that when a big event like a wedding, family reunion, or vacation is in your future - you want to be looking your best! Utilize self-tanners and spray tanning to prepare for big events instead of a harmful tanning bed. Be sure to exfoliate and hydrate the skin properly for the best results!

Educate Your Kiddos!

Don't forget to explain to your children why sun safety is SO important! The American Melanoma Foundation provides free education kits for different ages.

Enjoy your summer and have many safe, and sunburn free, days enjoying the outdoors!

North Dakota Today - Catalyst Skin Tips

Did you see us on North Dakota Today? Our Dermatology provider, Jen Blais, and our Dermatology nurse, Katelyn Neilsen, give some helpful skin tips on how to stay safe during the summer!

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