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Your Comprehensive Guide to Staying Sun-Safe in Missouri

As we journey into the scorching Missouri summer, sun safety becomes critically important. At Heartland Plastic Surgery, we take the safety of your skin very seriously, which is why we feel so strongly about educating you on the importance of sunscreen use. 

The Importance of Sunscreen in Sun Safety 

Dr. J. Stewart Humphrey and the entire team at Heartland Plastic Surgery & MedSpa firmly believe in the significant role sunscreen plays in safeguarding our skin health. Long-term sun exposure leads to multiple skin problems, such as premature aging, unsightly sunspots, damaging skin lesions, and even malignant skin cancer, but by taking a preventative approach, the solution is simpler than you may think. Investing in a quality sunscreen and applying it appropriately can shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, substantially lowering the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. It’s not merely for those poolside days in Cape Girardeau or long days spent at the lake – it’s an essential part of everyday skincare, regardless of the season.

Other benefits of daily sunscreen use include:

  • Prevents sunburn
  • Protects against premature aging
  • Limits the appearance of blotchy skin
  • Reduces risk of hyperpigmentation
  • Keeps certain skin conditions from flaring
  • Keeps scars from darkening

A Look at the Sun’s Impact on Skin Health

In sunny Missouri towns, we are lucky to find ourselves bathed in beautiful sunlight. However, without taking the proper sun safety precautions, these sunny summer days can quickly lead to painful skin concerns. Excessive sun exposure can lead to an array of skin conditions, including the most feared – skin cancer.

Damaging sun rays can also exacerbate signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. These changes in skin appearance are very common among our patients and while we provide non-surgical options for treating current signs of sun damage, it is always best to continue to protect your investment in treatments by relying on a medical-grade sunscreen each day.

Selecting Your Ideal Sunscreen

With a wide array of sunscreen options on the market, it can be challenging to select the most suitable product for you. Ingredients, SPF ratings, water resistance, and more should be noted. Consulting a skincare expert at Heartland Plastic Surgery and Med Spa can help guide you on this essential journey to optimal skin health. We recommend sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection, covering both UVA and UVB rays. Looking for sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or more and those that include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can ensure comprehensive sun protection. At Heartland Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we have a full range of sunscreens available in both clear and tinted formulas to provide adequate sun protection for all skin types.

The Proper Application & Reapplication of Sunscreen

Proper sunscreen application is just as important as selecting the right product. Enough sunscreen should be applied to cover all exposed skin, and it should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Failure to reapply could leave your skin exposed and susceptible to sun damage, particularly in sunny Missouri.

As happy as the sunny Missouri days make us, we must remain vigilant about sun protection, not only to prevent skin cancer but also to maintain youthful, healthy skin. Remember, the first line of defense against the sun’s harmful rays begins with a good sunscreen.

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Staying sun-safe in Missouri isn’t a daunting task as long as you’re mindful of sunscreen use and sun protection measures. Here at Heartland Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, we’re committed to helping our patients achieve their best skin health. If you’re in Cape Girardeau or the surrounding areas and would like to discuss your skin health, we’d be happy to help. Simply give us a call at (573) 334-4263 to schedule a consultation with Dr. J. Stewart Humphrey or click here to contact us online. As trusted plastic surgeons in Missouri, we’re committed to encouraging a healthier, happier you.

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