Skin protection during summertime

Spring and summer months are a time when it’s normal that people spend more time under direct sunlight. Nevertheless, excessive exposure to the sun in this period can have negative consequences on our skin. Direct sunlight carries a considerable amount of ultraviolet radiation which significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Considering this, it is important to know all the moles on your body, as melanoma causes certain outgrowths or impurities on the skin which are very similar to moles.

Moles are small lumps on the skin which usually are brown or black and can appear anywhere on the body’s surface. By being well aware of the moles that we already have, each of us can observe the changes that happen to them in time. They are very easy to distinguish, as moles have a clearly visible border with the surface of the skin. Besides that, they usually have a round form.

The following criteria can prove very helpful in finding “moles” that are caused by melanoma:

  • Search for moles with strange, asymmetric forms. These can indicate an eventual development of melanoma;
  • An irregular border is also a criteria, as some can have jagged or laced borders;
  • Changes in colour: search for moles that have different colors or are unevenly colored;
  • The size is very important, as normal moles are not larger than 8mm in diameter;
  • Try to track in time any changes in the size of the moles, their form or colour;

However, the best way to discover any eventual problems with your skin is to ask medical advice from a specialized doctor.

Most cases of melanoma can be prevented in a few easy steps:

  • Avoid exposure to the sun when it’s rays are most powerful, usually between 10 AM and 4 PM;
  • Use sunscreen for the duration of the entire season;
  • Protect yourself by wearing hats and sunglasses;
  • Don’t spend too much time on tanning.

Following these simple rules of skin protection, you will look neater and healthier during the summertime season.