How Can I Protect My Skin from Sun Damage?

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When you’re out in the sun, ultraviolet or UV rays can end up causing damage to your skin over the years. Sunlight exposure can also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Find out how you can keep your skin safe from the sun.

Limit Direct Sun Exposure

Staying out of direct sunlight provides your skin with protection from UV rays. When you’re outside, try to stay in shady areas rather than standing in full sunlight. Keep in mind that the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. You should also be aware that these UV rays can pass through the windows in your home, at work, and in your car. UV rays reflect off the surface of snow and water, as well as sand, which increases your risk of sun damage.

Cover Your Skin

Although it might not be comfortable in the heat, try to cover your skin as much as possible when you’re outside. Wear darker colors of clothing, which provides you with more protection from the sun’s UV rays than lighter colored clothing. If you’re sensitive to heat, look for clothes that are lightweight yet made to block the sun’s rays. When you’re covering up, don’t forget about the skin on your face and your scalp. Consider wearing a hat with a brim and sunglasses that are designed to block UV rays. This helps protect your skin as much as possible from sunlight exposure.

Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is an important part of keeping your skin safe from the sun’s UV rays. Apply sunscreen on exposed skin, and make sure that you reapply it every couple of hours. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides the most protection from UV exposure. You should also keep in mind that sunscreen can wear off when you sweat or go swimming. You’ll need to reapply it more often to ensure that your skin is protected.

You should have sunscreen on anytime you’ll be outside including on cooler days and on cloudy days. The sun’s UV rays can still reach your skin on days like these, not just on hot, clear days.

Avoid Tanning Beds

UV exposure from tanning beds also puts your skin at a high risk of damage and an increased chance of getting skin cancer.

To learn more about how to protect your skin from the sun, make an appointment today with Dr. Katayoun Motlagh. Dr. Motlagh specializes in skin care treatments.

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