May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month! Skin cancer really is preventable!
One thing you should know first, however, is that tanning beds are scientifically proven to increase skin cancer risk. If you don’t believe me, ask Google Scholar. If you’re addicted to tanning, a good thing for you to do is try not to use them all throughout May, if you can. You can fight this. You don’t have to be tan to be beautiful.
Ever see those really beautiful dermatologists like Dr. Jane Khoury? You think, "Oh, well she’s a dermatologist. Her skin must be perfect; she can get free botox." Wrong! Even if some dermatologists get those procedures, the primary reason their skin glows is because they take good care of it! And the first step is really easy. Just put on sunscreen every day. That’s it. Once you get into the habit of putting it on once in the morning, it eliminates the hassle. Breaking into the habit is the hardest part; keeping it is easy. The next thing you can do is eat well and exercise regularly. (And most of my followers already do that! So kudos!)
You should reapply your sunscreen about every two hours, especially when you’re outside for long periods of time, like during the summer. You’re swimming, sweating, and other things that will either remove your sunscreen completely or stop it from working as well as it needs to. So as Nike says, Just do it!
Did you know that 75% of tanning bed users are girls ages 16-29? If you’re part of that demographic, you need to stop as soon as possible if you want to stop doing damage. The damage stops when you stop! So it’s all up to you! Consider this next time you go to hit the tanning bed: One bad sunburn can double your risk of skin cancer. And who said they’re not dangerous?
So how easily do you burn? A lot? A little? Not at all? Even if you’re the type that only tans and never sunburns, that does not mean there’s no risk of skin cancer. All skin types are at risk for getting skin cancer. Period. In fact, not having sunburns as a warning sign to go inside or put on lotion may actually increase your risk! And you wouldn’t even know it until it’s too late.
Have any cute freckles on your body? Those aren’t “just” freckles, they’re actually sun spots; a sign of damage already done by the sun.
Don’t be alarmed, though. Take this as a reminder that it’s never too late for prevention. Young people especially; you have all your lives to change your habits. So why not start now? You’re never too young to take care of your skin. :)