Looking healthy? YES. Tanning? NO!

Look healthy but no tanning are among the recommendations by Chicago dermatologist Dr. Nilam AminWe all want to look healthy, but no tanning; it is a very bad way to do it.

Although the sun may feel good, it is not your skin’s friend. Actually, it’s your enemy. The sun produces two types of ultraviolet rays that work against you:

  • UVA rays may help you tan, but they also age your skin, causing wrinkles.
  • UVB rays cause those painful sunburns

And, here’s the really scary part: when either type of UV light hits your unprotected skin, damage to the DNA in your skin cells starts within minutes! Your immune system goes to work to repair some of this damage, but not all of it. Over time, the unrepaired DNA damage may cause mutations that lead to skin cancer.

All Exposures Count

No sunbathing, right? Right! But, it’s not only the days at the beach or sitting in the sun at a picnic, or boating on the lake that causes problems for your skin. It’s any and every time you expose yourself to the sun’s rays. Walking the dog, going from your car to a store, a nice walk at lunch, a good training run…you get the picture.

Adopt a Positive Approach

The absolutely best way to have healthy, beautiful skin is to have a healthy, positive approach to caring for it. I’m not suggesting you stay indoors. Go out and enjoy life. When you do, cover up! Sunscreen needs to be part of your daily routine. Use it on any part of your skin that isn’t covered by clothing. And, reapply every two hours!

Consider the shade your friend. Walk on the shady side of the street; sit under an awning or sun-protective umbrella; wear a great, wide-brimmed hat.

Get Checked

It’s important to make sure your skin is healthy now and stays that way. This is a two-pronged process:

  • Schedule an annual checkup.
  • Keep an eye on any suspicious moles or spots you have. If they change in size, color, or shape, have me check them immediately.

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I provide both medical and cosmetic dermatological services. Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment.