How To Take Care of Your Skin on National Nude Day
Yes, there really is a day for everything. July 14, if you didn’t know, is National Nude Day. We’re guessing not very many people, outside of the naturism community…or Miley Cyrus, will walk around nude today. It’s a bit hard to explain to your coworkers, and of course, public nudity is not exactly legal in most states. However, if you feel like participating (in your home, in your yard or wherever), we prepared a few important tips to protect your skin. And, these tips are also great for everyday care too!
1. Apply Sunscreen.
It really doesn’t get more important than this. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon*. And, about 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun*. So, we really mean it when we say, apply sunscreen to all skin that will not be covered by clothing. Every time you go outside. Even when it’s cloudy. Apply sunscreen!
2. Check Your Birthday Suit for Signs of Skin Cancer.
At least once a year, you should take the time to look over your body for signs of skin cancer. Checking your skin and knowing your moles are key to detecting skin cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Not to scare you, but we all need to be aware that one person dies of melanoma every hour*. But, when caught early, the five-year survival rate for people with melanoma is 98%*. We recommend using this chart from the American Academy of Dermatology to track changes on your skin.
3. Seek Shade.
If you are going outside, seek shade when possible. The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A good rule of thumb to follow is: if your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
If you see anything on your skin changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist. You can also spot-check suspicious moles with DermatologistOnCall. Click here to start a visit now.
*Statistics provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation.