Here in the Austin area, March brings increasingly warmer temperatures with April turning into some downright hot days. As the weather continues on an upward incline, it is important to keep in mind some important skin care tips. With hotter weather comes more days spent at the lake, which means more exposure to the sun.

Check out our tips for preparing for the summer sun and be sure to talk to your primary care physician in Bee Cave about how you can prevent skin cancer and permanent damage to your skin throughout the hottest months.

#1: Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen

One of the best things you can do as the weather warms up is head to the store and purchase high-quality sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. While you might be dreaming of a nice summer tan, it is important to keep your skin protected against UV rays. You might not tan as quickly when you use a sunscreen with a high SPF, but you could prevent skin cancer down the road. Rather than laying in the sun for tan, opt for a self-tanning product or a visit to a spray tan salon. Keep in mind that when you are spending any length of time in the sun, you will need to keep reapplying sunscreen to exposed skin.

#2: Wear Hats And Sunglasses

Protecting your face from the sun is extremely important. Opt for a nice big hat and sunglasses to keep your skin and eyes out of harm’s way. The sun can cause severe damage to your face and premature signs of aging when you don’t utilize adequate protection.

#3: Consider Your Location

Keep in mind that when you are spending time by the water, the harmful effects of the sun are amplified. As the sun is reflected, the rays are intensified and the damage can be more severe. You should also remember that if you are spending time in the water, you will need to reapply your sunscreen more frequently. Opt for a sport sunscreen that is waterproof for the best chance of in-water protection.

#4: Avoid Peak Hours

From around 10a.m. to 2p.m. the sun’s rays are the strongest. Try to avoid being in the direct sunlight during these hours. Exercise in the early morning and head to the lake in the late afternoon. This will allow you to enjoy time outside without being exposed to the very worst of the sun.

#5: Don’t Neglect Skin Cancer Screenings

Finally, for those who have lived in Texas for a while, odds are good that you have spent your fair share of hours in the sun. After all, what is more Texan than a day barbecuing at the beach with an ice cold drink in your hand. As the years wear on, your skin can suffer the toll of too much exposure to the sun. Make sure that you visit your primary care physician in Bee Cave / Austin for a skin cancer screening. Routinely checking your skin can help catch any symptoms early on and when you tackle skin cancer at its onset, you have the best chance at a full recovery.

If you need a skin cancer screening, we invite you to book an appointment with our doctors. We will work with you to catch signs early on.