There are few things in life more valuable than being comfortable in your own skin. While that phrase often is interpreted figuratively, it also resonates in a literal sense.

Staying on top of skin care

The most important lifelong step to keeping skin healthy and beautiful is to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays and stay out of indoor tanning beds. Exposure to UV rays is directly linked to skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Because of the growing incidence rate of skin cancer in the United States, especially among young people, any suspicious skin lesion and new or changing mole should be checked by a qualified physician.

The base line

Just five blistering sunburns in early childhood or the teen years more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. Children and adults should minimize their time in the sun, particularly when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest, and regularly apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher any time they go outdoors.

"Just five blistering sunburns in early childhood or the teen years more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life."

Furthermore, UV damage accumulates over a lifetime to cause premature aging of the skin. Adhering to those simple sun-protection habits not only helps prevent skin cancer; it slows the development of wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation changes and other cosmetic skin concerns.

An array of options

No matter how many bottles of lotion we use, however, eventually time catches up with us. There comes the day when we look in the mirror and are surprised by our own reflection.

Today, many pioneering advancements have changed the face of medically necessary and cosmetic skin treatments. Consumers now have the choice of a number of minimally invasive or non-invasive options that can be performed in an office setting—most of them with little or no downtime.

From wrinkle-relaxers and fillers, to skin tightening and resurfacing techniques, women and men of nearly all ages are turning to board-certified dermatologists to offer efficient and cost-effective rejuvenation solutions to address an array of cosmetic concerns.

Go for the glow

Why are they considering a cosmetic medical procedure? The number one reason according to recent consumer surveys suggests they want to look as young as they feel, or better.

Today, that is well within reach. Entrusting a dermatologic expert to guide you at every stage will lead to healthy and beautiful skin for a lifetime.