Dr. Kepple enjoys being outside while the sun as shining as much anyone. Here are his tips for preventing premature skin aging and skin cancer, as well as risk factors that are unique to each individual.
“Risk factors for most skin cancers include advancing age, family history (genetic predisposition), skin type (fair skin) , immunocompromise, and excess ultraviolet (UV) rays from sun exposure. UV radiation, including tanning beds, is a major contributor to premature skin aging and skin cancers, with deleterious effects on our cells and DNA. The scientific evidence for this is monumental.
Fortunately, with the use of wide brimmed hats and moisture wicking clothing, and the proper use of sunscreens, much of the skin damage from sunlight can be prevented.
If you are looking for a natural sunscreen using minerals only (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), two highly rated products for safety, effectiveness and low environmental impact (reef safe), are Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 30+, and Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 50.”