YOUNGSTOWN (WKBN) – The month of May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Dermatologist Jenifer Lloyd, with Lloyd Dermatology and Laser Center, in Youngstown, says there are many ways to help protect your skin from the sun.
Lloyd says sun-protective clothing is highly effective, and can be found at most local retailers. She also recommends using sunblock every day, and apply it before you head out the door. She says to use certain SPF sunblocks depending on your daily routine.
“For me, the sun was rising, when I got here this morning. It will be down before I leave. For me, a 30 is fine for me today, because I’m not likely to go outside. If you’re going to be outside, on vacation, I’m going to go for the 50 plus, because I’m going to be out longer. I’ll need that sun protection,” she says.
Lloyd also says there is a time of the day when the sun’s rays can be stronger. That’s anywhere between the hours of 10AM and 2PM.
“When your shadow is longer than your are, you don’t need to worry about it so much. Once your shadow is shorter than you, you need to be concerned. That’s an easy way to remember,” she continues.
Lloyd tells First News tanning beds are not good for your skin at all. She says she can’t say how many patients she had as teenagers, who now have melanoma.
She says most products are water resistant up to 40 to 80 minutes. It’s always best to reapply, even on cloudy days, when 80 percent of the sun’s rays can reach earth.