Complements Protect your skin this summer


Skin Cancer Awareness Month, recognized during the month of May, works to raise awareness of skin cancer and how to prevent it. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Additionally, sun exposure prematurely ages and damages skin, leading to sagging, wrinkling, spotting and depletion of the skin's overall health.

Sunscreen is one of the best defenses against the sun. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF 30.
  • Sunscreen takes 30 minutes to start working. Be sure to apply it before heading outside.
  • Reapply the sunscreen at least every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Be sure to replace your sunscreen every three years.
  • Apply to all exposed skin, including lips, ears, back of your neck, hands and tops of your feet.

For even better defense against the sun, don’t forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat, UV-blocking sunglasses and sun protective clothing.

Even with all of these precautions, you should check your skin regularly and don’t forget your back. If you notice any skin cancer symptoms, such as moles that have changed, are bleeding, or growing, speak with your physician. For more detailed information, visit the American Cancer Society at