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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Verenis Estrada, Gresham Outlook Insider Health and Wellness Expert.

Dr. Verenis Estrada

Summer is just around the corner, and it is time to start preparing to protect our skin against the sun. Taking care of your skin is not just for vanity reasons; it is for your general health. UV rays from the sun over prolonged periods or short, intense periods cause damage that some of us experience as sunburns. Even when we don't experience a sunburn from the sun, exposure to it, will still cause sun damage. This is why we get different skin issues, such as:

Sunspots (liver spots): Brown flat spots that pop up from sun exposure, we start to see these in our 30's.

Melasma: Mainly appear on spots that get a lot of sun, such as the forehead, nose, cheeks, and upper lip, as brown (gray-brown) patches.

Melanoma: UV rays cause abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth. Keep an eye out for a mole/lesion that is rapidly changing in color, size, itches, bleeds, or doesn't heal.

So, what can you do to protect yourself? Wear a quality non-toxic sunblock to protect your skin from damage. I recommend the following sunscreens;

Face Sunscreen: Erbaviva Organic Sunscreen SPF 30

Body sunscreen: All Good Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Kids sunscreen: All Good Kid's Mineral SPF 30 or Badger Clear Zinc Sunscreen Cream SPF 30

Also remember the importance of staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water but by also using a quality lotion to keep your skin hydrated. Call Sprouting Health and Wellness for any questions about Summer skin care.

Sprouting Health & Wellness

1300 N.E. Linden Ave., Unit 6

Gresham, OR 97030

971-358-1246

www.sproutinghealthandwellness.com

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