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Prevent Skin Cancer with Sunscreen During Holiday Travel

Whether you’re lying on the beach somewhere beautiful, or on the top of a powdered snow mountain- sun exposure is everywhere. The ultraviolet rays are prevalent at both tropical and ski vacations. The sun’s UV rays can increase risk for skin cancer, especially over exposure. The rays will even reflect off white snow, giving more reasons to protect what skin you have exposed through you winter gear.

Avoid sunscreens that contain fragrances, alcohols or dyes. Look for sunscreens that are at least SPF 35 and also ones that have more zinc. Zinc is a key nutrient that can help protect your skin from harmful UVA rays instead of just UVB rays. UVA rays are unseen rays that penetrate through the atmosphere, along with UVB rays which is what gives you a sunburn, a warning that you are experiencing too much sun exposure.

Recently, there have been new regulations put into effect that prohibit sunscreen companies from calling their sunscreen “waterproof” because it cannot be proven. To avoid misleading the consumer and to ensure that skin protection, especially for children’s sensitive skin is provided, multiple applications of lotion are recommended for long-term outdoor activities.

Besides sunscreen, it is important to protect your skin with clothing and hats. There are many fashionable sunhats and caps to not only protect the face, but the eyes from too much sun exposure. UV protection sunglasses are also an excellent way to protect the eyes from sun damage, especially with lighter eyes such as blue and green.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is a leading authority in skin care and protection with offices in New York City and Garden City, Long Island. As a fellowship-trained dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar can provide the expertise of a cosmetic surgeon who sees the result of not using proper skin protection. Developing age spots, wrinkles and uneven skin tone are just a few of the many conditions he treats.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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