Protecting yourself from the summer sun

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With warm temperatures and sunshine expected this weekend, it's a good time to remember to always protect yourself from the sun.

Skin damage from the sun can cause issues from sunburn to skin cancer. Two local dermatologists stress the importance of protecting your skin in the upcoming months.

Dermatologic Surgeon Kim Phillips says, "Avoiding the sun is very important. We know that the sun's rays are very damaging to the skin, increase the chance for aging, pre-cancers, and skin cancers, so it's important to avoid the sun, especially between ten in the morning to four in the afternoon. Use sunscreen everyday, SPF 30 or above, and protect yourself from the sun by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing like a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, long pants."

Dermatologist Melody Eide says, "I think one myth that we hear commonly is that a tan protects you, whether that tan be one that you've gotten from the sun or a tan that you've got from the tanning bed. We know that the sun protection from a tan is about a SPF 3 or less, so I think the most common myth that I try to dispel from my patients is that just because they've gotten that tan means that they're set for the season."

Both Eide and Phillips say it is also important to check your skin once per month and see a dermatologist if you notice anything abnormal.