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  • Writer's pictureTim Ionnides MD

Keep your Skin Safe this Labor Day Weekend: All about Sunscreen with Dermatologist Tim Loannides MD

As we move into the tail-end of summer, for many of us this year has simultaneously felt like it has flown by and dragged on endlessly. Thankfully, with the Labor Day weekend ahead we can take the opportunity to get some much needed relaxation in the final warm days of the year. A trip to the beach or lake is an ideal way to enjoy the three-day weekend, and if it's a nice breezy day and you are able to maintain a fair distance from other people the transmission risk will be relatively low. In fact, as long as you are following proper social distancing measures, the biggest risk to your health you'll find on the beach is from the sun.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer both in the United States and worldwide. More than two people die of skin cancer in the United States every hour, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the time they are 70. In addition to this, having just five or more sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk for melanoma. In addition to the health risks, an estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun, and people who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily. Even an SPF of just five daily reduces your lifetime sun exposure by 50 percent by the time you're 70, so whether you're headed to the beach this weekend or a socially-distanced backyard barbeque it's important to lather up on the sunscreen.

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