Scottsdale doctor offers tips on preventing skin cancer.
Don't skimp on the sunscreen, according to Dr. Daniel Shapiro of Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic in Scottsdale. Shapiro also says that sunscreens have a somewhat short shelf life. So he says if you still have last year's sunscreen, throw it out -- the ingredients probably aren't as good as they were a year ago. So buy a new bottle.
Shapiro says you also should wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 25. He says no sunscreen is waterproof or a complete block, you need to frequently reapply.
It's also important to keep your skin hydrated. Dr. Shapiro says many products contain alcohol and that dries out your skin. He says alcohol can also make a sunburn worse.
For the month of June, Dr. Shapiro is offering a complimentary VISIA analysis. It uses computer technology to digitally measure and document existing skin damage and simulate future damage beneath the skin's surface. Information at www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com