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Sunshine and Sunscreen

Ways to Protect Your Skin this Summer

Summer is around the corner, which means pool days, popsicles, tanning, and high damaging  Ultraviolet rays from the sun. These rays are what cause sunburn and deadly skin cancers when left vulnerable. Dr. Nelson at Stones River Dermatology has been in the industry for 20  years and received his education from the finest colleges like Stanford and Vanderbilt. He has  many fantastic educated suggestions for how to care for your skin this summer. 

Firstly, there are two main categories of sunscreen, which are mineral and chemical. Mineral sunscreens are made with titanium oxides and designed to reflect the rays back off the skin.  Chemical sunscreen formulas contain synthetic ingredients that absorb the UV rays stopping them from entering the skin barrier. There is also, water resistant options Dr. Nelson recommends for those spending extended periods of time in the sun, sweating, or in water. 

For example, outdoor workers are more at risk of damage with more sun exposure, making sunscreen a necessity. The best option for these individuals is water-resistant sunscreens with SPF 50-70. Today, most makeup and skincare products have some level of SPF, which is a  fabulous choice for those spending their days mainly indoors versus long hours outside. A light moisturizer with SPF 30 is all one needs for spending most of their time indoors.  

Reapplying sunscreen is an essential step in protecting your skin. Most individuals apply sunscreen once and expect results they will only achieve with consistent reapplication.  Applying sunscreen every two hours will guarantee your skin is safe from the damaging rays of the sun. Otherwise, the singular application of sunscreen is rendered useless without reapplication.  

The three most common skin cancers caused by unprotected sun exposure is Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Melanoma. “Out of all three, Melanoma is the most deadly and aggressive cancer. In fact, it is the most fatal cancer for women under 30 years  old.” Daily sunscreen and taking care of your skin make these harmful cancers easily preventable.  

Avoiding high UV index times and applying sunscreen routinely are great ways to protect your skin, while having a fun summer and enjoying the outdoors. For more information about Dr.  Nelson or his clinic, visit their website at