Skin cancer is on the rise. Here are some tips on sun protection.

  • Use a sunscreen (SPF 30 with 5-10% zinc) on your face, neck, chest and back of hands daily.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat that protects your face and ears—especially if you are losing hair.
  • Wear large close-fitting sunglasses with UV protection to protect against eye damage and wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm, when the sun is the strongest.
  • Cover up! Try UV protective clothing (a typical white T-shirt only has an SPF of 7).

Be sure that you take 2,000 units of vitamin D daily if you use regular sunscreen and live in the Northwest. Ask your primary care doctor or dermatologist to test your blood level of vitamin D.

Picking a Good Sunscreen

There are two components of the sun UVB (“burning ray”) & UVA (“aging ray”, stimulates pigment) that you want to make sure your sunscreen is blocking. Both UVB & UVA damage can lead to skin cancers. UVA is stronger and more prevalent than UVB; it comes through clouds and window glass. It is important to wear sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days because you are still being exposed.

Preventing Skin Cancer
  • Ingredients: Look for products that contain at least SPF 30 (protects from UVB) with 5-10% zinc oxide (protects from UVA).
  • For daily wear, if you are inside: Apply a facial moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection every morning. There are many options, but the key is to find a good broad spectrum sunscreen you like and will use regularly.
  • For days spent outdoors: Apply a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen with water resistance. Reapply every 2 hours and use in addition to hats and sunglasses.
  • Layering products: Apply an antioxidant and moisturize before you apply your sunscreen. You can also layer different types of sunscreen for better protection. For example, after the application of a cream sunscreen apply a tinted powder sunscreen like the Colorescience SPF 30.

Good Quality Makeup with SPF

  • Jane Iredale
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Laura Mercier

A Message from Dr. Irwin and the Team at Madison Skin and Laser Center:

Dear Patients, Friends, and Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that we will be reopening on Tuesday, May 5th, with limited days open, which we will expand as everything begins to reopen. We are following both CDC, Swedish Medical, and community guidelines and standards for healthy and safety, for both patients and staff.

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