Healthy Tahoe: Protect your skin this summer

Kathleen A. Holoyda, MD
Dr. Kathleen Holoyda

While out exploring Lake Tahoe this summer, don’t forget about protecting your skin from the sun’s rays.

Learn to Love Sunscreen. You should wear sunscreen every day—even when it’s overcast—and especially at elevation where the sun’s rays are more intense. Opt for a sun protection factor of at least 30, and water-resistance when necessary.

Reapply, Reapply, Reapply. You have to keep applying throughout the day especially when swimming or sweating. Even sunscreen labeled “water resistant” should be reapplied every 40 minutes.

Dress for Sun Protection. Wear long sleeves and pants made with synthetic fibers or opt for clothes made with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor). Top off the look with a brimmed hat and sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. 

Understand the Dangers of UV. Both types of UV radiation are bad for your skin, and the damage can start after only 15 minutes in the sun. UV exposure can lead to certain types of skin cancer.

Taking the steps to protect your skin not only helps you fend off signs of aging, but also lowers your risk for skin cancer. Scan your body regularly and contact a dermatologist or reconstructive surgeon if you have concerns with your skin.

Dr. Kathleen A. Holoyda is a board-eligible plastic and reconstructive surgeon who offers skin restoration treatments. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 530-543-5799 or visit

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