Here Comes the Sun – How To Protect Your Skin

by Debra Arko, Featured Contributor

Warm weather means more outdoor fun. It also means Here Comes The Sun on your ever so sensitive skin. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin-cancer and is easily avoided with these simple steps.

1. Protect Yourself From The Sun

Research shows that using a Sthe word sun written with sunblock on the back of a man who is sPF 30 sunscreen that is water-resistant on both sunny and cloudy days is your best protection on bare skin. Natural health stores carry brands that limit the ingredients that harm your general health.  One of my favorites is  that offers everything from lip protection to sunscreen.

Your real best bet though is what you wear. Always wear sunglasses made for sunlight protection. Use hats to shade delicate facial skin and your neck. If you want to stay looking younger these are key as sun creates wrinkle fast. Many vendors make lightweight clothes for wearing in the sun. These are best in darker colors. Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 2 pm when the rays are strongest even on cloud-covered days.

2. Stay Out Of Tanning Beds

If you thought they are safer think, again some emit up to 12 times more UVA light than the sun according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. They go on to explain in literature that UVA rays damage skin cells not only adding years to your skin but they damage the DNA of your skin raising your risk of skin cancer.  Research shows that tanning indoors increases your risk by 75%.

3. Scan For Abnormal Moles

 Anyone can develop skin problems not only fair-skinned people. Look at your body monthly for moles that have changed in shape or size. Take note of new skin changes. Look at your back, arms, legs, neck, and face closely using mirrors when needed. If you live with someone, ask him or her to do a buddy check with you.

If you find anything unusual, talk with a dermatologist and get a full-body skin checkup once a year. Remember melanoma when found in early stages is usually curable. When it spreads to the lymph nodes or other organs the five-year survival rate drops to as little as 16%.

Here comes the sun simple means more fun outdoors good skin sense should be used year-round. 

This Article was previously featured on Denver Accupuncture and is republished with permission.


Dr. Debra Arko Novotny
Dr. Debra Arko Novotny
OUR HEALTH is important to our success as entrepreneurs and business professionals. Dr. Debra Arko Novotny L.Ac, D.Hom. NMP, CHC specializes in helping women not let health, aging, and menopause get in the way of life. As a professional herself, she understands the need for easy ways to cook and stay fit as we age. She’s an expert in weight loss and menopause. She helps women navigate their busy work and family lives. Her simple approach to changing our behaviors and beliefs has helped women for over two decades regain control of their health and life. Dr. Deb is one of the leaders in Body-Mind-Lifestyle Design. She is a Natural Health Practitioner and coach. Debra is an author and speaker in health and business. Deb practices what she teaches. Natural health, Primal eating, and designing your life. In her office, she provides Functional Medicine, Easy Primal Eating, Acupuncture, and acupoint injections [rejuvenative medicine]. Work with her in-person or virtually by via her Websites: Enhanced Living Today, or Denver Acupuncture Health. OR reach out to her by EMAIL or Phone | Office (720) 515-4602. She resides in Colorado with her husband and family.

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