Just because it’s cold outside and you’re bundled in layers, don’t forget about your skin! The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland suggest these tips keep your skin healthy all-year-round! 


  • Protect yourself from the sun


Skin cancer remains one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Over 5 million Americans are suffering from it and the number continues to grow.

One of the simplest ways to prevent it is by protecting yourself from sun exposure. This means using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

It also helps to seek shade on times when the sun’s rays are strongest (between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.) and wearing protective clothing. 


  • Quit smoking or don’t smoke at all


Smoking doesn’t just increase your risk of lung cancer but can also make you look older.

The chemicals found in cigarettes can constrict the small blood vessels that supply your skin cells with oxygen and other needed nutrients. 

Cigarette smoking also damages your collagen and elastin, the fibers that provide your skin with elasticity and strength. 


  • Eat healthily


A healthy diet definitely plays a role in keeping your skin healthy. Load your plate with a variety of vegetables, fruits, lean sources of protein, and healthy sources of fat. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as it will keep your skin hydrated.


  • Learn to manage your stress


Stress doesn’t just cause breakouts but can also lead to behaviors that are unhealthy for your skin – sleep deprivation, emotional eating, and even smoking for some people. 


  • See a specialist


If you notice unusual lesions or new mole, or a spot on your skin that is changing, don’t hesitate to have it checked out by your physician or skin specialist. Early detection is absolutely key to successful treatment. 

The surgeons of Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville and Cleveland are experienced in accessing and removing, lesions and malignant and non-malignant lumps.

For more information, please visit our Melanoma and Skin Cancer page at https://www.premiersurgical.com/melanoma-and-other-skin-cancers/