Skin Doctor reveals the 5 deadly mistakes you make every spring


Spring is here and with it are glorious rays of sunshine.

That usually means more time outdoors and extra sun exposure, which can damage your skin.

With that in mind, a dermatologist has uncovered the mistakes you make that could prove deadly.

dr Ross Perry from the chain of dermatology clinics beautician said the problem with spring heat waves is that most people don’t prepare their skin the way they do in summer.

He told The Sun: “The sun in April is as strong as in August, so you have to treat it that way too.”

“People are often fooled by the cooler breezes, but the UV rays are just as powerful and just as likely to cause sunburn and sun damage.”

The sun’s rays are mostly the direct cause of skin cancer, which generally falls under non-melanoma and melanoma.

Exposure to ultraviolet light, whether from the sun or tanning beds, can lead to skin cancer.

The safer you are in the sun, the lower Your risk of fatal disease.

Here Dr. Ross on the mistakes you might be making when enjoying spring heatwaves:

1. Don’t wear sunscreen

dr Ross said: “There are often many questions as to whether people should wear sunscreen on their face year round, the simple answer is yes!

“SPF should definitely be used in the spring months and actually all year round.

“A lot of people don’t think you can get sunburned in the early spring months like March, but that’s just not the case and puts you in dangerous territory.”

Even if you don’t get sunburned in the spring months, the sun’s rays are a constant contributor to skin aging that you can’t see right away.

But over the years, not wearing sunscreen accelerates the formation of wrinkles, sagging, and age spots.

dr Ross said, “Our faces are the area most prone to aging and sun damage due to constant exposure to UV sunlight.”

In winter, when 90 percent of UV rays can still penetrate the clouds, he recommends sunscreen with a factor of 30.

But in the spring and summer months, a factor of 50 would be more advisable, “especially if you’re fair-skinned.”

Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before exposure to intense sunlight.

“Hopefully, if you apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours regularly, you can keep your skin out in the sun all day,” said Dr. Horse.

“However, it would be wise to be under an umbrella between 11am and 2pm, as that level of sunlight is almost certainly capable of penetrating sunscreen.”

2. Burned skin cannot be protected

If you notice your skin is burned, act immediately to treat it.

dr Ross said: “The most important thing is, as soon as you realize you have been burned or will be burned, get it out of the sun immediately.

“And then it’s best to apply moisturizing lotions like aloe vera or other soothing after-sun lotions and apply that every 2 hours.

“It’s also important to treat the sunburn with a cold washcloth after the first few hours after the burn.

“After 4-6 hours, continue applying regular moisturizers. You can also take anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen if it burns.

“But prevention is always better than cure.”

Getting a sunburn just every two years can triple your risk of melanoma, says Cancer Research UK.

dr Ross said, “Darker skin types are less responsive to stronger sunlight, or sunlight in general, but contrary to popular belief, darker skin types can still get sunburned.”

3. Not drinking enough water

dr Ross said a heat wave in March or April “can shock the system and the skin.”

He said: “People may underestimate the amount of water they should be drinking as it’s different than on a sweltering summer’s day.

“Many people are suddenly going outside to do their exercises after months of being indoors without thinking that they might have sunscreen or more water on hand.”

Drinking plenty of water in hot temperatures is essential to avoid heat stroke, which can be life-threatening, especially in the elderly, children, and those with health conditions.

4. Don’t take moles seriously

Skin cancer can be detected early by changes or new birthmarks.

But sadly, thousands still die in the UK every year. The sooner you act, the sooner you can be treated.

dr Ross said there are a few key factors to look out for when it comes to birthmarks.

“If you have a mole that’s bleeding, it’s almost certainly not normal, unless you just caught it or it was rubbing (e.g. on a bra strap),” he said.

“Most birthmarks don’t bleed spontaneously, so it’s important to check for this when you visit a doctor.

“Other things like changes in size, shape and color are important indicators of potential skin cancer.

“And if you have a mole that changes more than other moles, then it would be important that you get it checked out.”

5. Looking for vitamin D

dr Ross said people might turn down sunscreen in search of some vitamin D — which comes from sunlight and is strongest between March and September.

Doctors emphasize the importance of getting enough of the stuff for bone, tooth, and muscle health. It also keeps the skin healthy and the immune system armed.

Once we emerge from the dark winter months, vitamin D is in abundance.

With a few exceptions, you probably don’t need to bother looking for it.

The NHS says: “From around late March/early April to late September, the majority of people should be able to make all the vitamin D they need from sunlight on their skin.

“Some people won’t make enough vitamin D from sunlight because they get very little or no sun exposure.”

Adults and children over the age of four should take a daily dietary supplement with 10 micrograms of vitamin D all year round if they are not often outdoors, e.g. in a nursing home, and usually wear clothing that covers their skin.

Those with darker skin may also want to consider a 10-mcg supplement, as their skin is less likely to make enough vitamin D from sunlight.

dr Ross said, “Regular exposure of your arms and legs with regular exercise two to three times a week is more than enough to accumulate enough vitamin D.”

This story originally appeared on the sun and is reproduced here with permission. Skin Doctor reveals the 5 deadly mistakes you make every spring


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