Protecting your skin today may help prevent skin cancer later in life. Most skin cancers appear years later, but skin damage from the sun starts during childhood.
There are 3 main types of Skin Cancer:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are also known as non-melanoma skin cancers, and they are much more common than melanoma, being the most dangerous of these cancers.
Melanoma develops from the same cells in the skin that make the tanning pigment, melanin. These cells are also found in a nevis (mole), a normal brown spot found on nearly everyone’s skin. On occasion moles undergo a malignant transformation, resulting in melanoma.
Protect Yourself with a Complete Approach
- Seek the shade especially between 10 am and 4 pm
- Apply a Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher (DAILY!)
- Do not get sunburned
- Avoid tanning beds
- Cover up with clothing including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses
- Keep Hydrated – Intense sun rays and heat dry out your skin more than usual, making it even more essential to drink lots of water
Following these steps to protect your skin may also prevent deep wrinkles, blotches, leathery skin, and premature aging.
Photo-aging is not the same as natural aging. No one can stop the natural process of aging, as the skin thins, and lines and wrinkles appear. Moles, scars, and birthmarks also tend to change as we age. In addition, sun damage, over the course of a lifetime, worsens aging skin. The earlier you address sun damage the more likely you may be able to reverse some of the consequences.
Keep your skin healthy with regularly-scheduled facial treatments. These visits to your aesthetician will rejuvenate the skin by removing dead cells and allowing new skin cells to flourish. Other treatments for sun-damaged skin are peels, micro-channeling, dermaplaning, IPL therapy, and a multitude of other ways to treat your skincare needs. Using the proper at-home skincare products between your spa treatments will enhance the results.
Resurface your skin with Retinol. Harmful rays degrade the collagen and elastin fibers in the inner layer of your skin. Retinoids promote cellular turnover and stimulate collagen production which helps improve discoloration, dullness, fine lines and wrinkles, and other signs of photo-aging.
Add antioxidant-rich topicals. Vitamin C is one topical that will neutralize the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, encouraging the production of collagen and preventing further DNA damage.
Eat foods high in antioxidants. Blueberries, leafy greens, watermelon, tomatoes, fish, nuts, and seeds will boost antioxidant protection from within.
Fake it! Self-tanners and makeup can give you a sun-kissed look without baking in the sun.
At Kiki Skin and Body Spa, our experienced estheticians will work with you to help reverse signs of sun damage and ultimately avoid the danger of skin cancer.
Be kind to your skin.