No matter why you see a dermatologist, one of the first things they will probably discuss with you is protecting your skin from the sun and from dangerous UV rays. Skin cancer is a huge concern for everyone in the United States. If you go outside without sun protection, especially during the summer, you are putting yourself at risk, and an unnecessary risk at that. There are several things you can do to protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays.
Wear Sunscreen – Sunscreen is a hot topic among dermatologists. This year, the labeling information available to consumers is changing, and for the better. You’ll now know if the sunscreen you are buying protects you from both UVA and UVB rays – which is critically important to preventing skin cancer. You should also choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Consider purchasing a dermatologist approved sunscreen to really make sure you know what you’re getting.
Made in the Shade – Seek shade. If it is midday and you can walk beneath the trees or in the shadow of a building, do it. You’re doing the simplest and most inexpensive thing to avoid UV exposure.
Dress to Protect – If you’re working outside, going for long walks or frolicking on the beach, keep light and comfortable clothing available to protect any exposed skin. Find a great beach cover up, or invest in some thinner, long sleeved shirts. Or, check out UV protective clothing that’s out there nowadays. Either way, this is easier than trying to apply sunscreen to hard to reach places and is certainly just as effective!
Hats Not Off for Sunshine – There are so many cute hats out there nowadays – from wide brimmed garden or beach hats, to cute ball caps, to canvas fishing style hats – how can you resist? If you choose one with a wide brim that goes all around you’ll be protecting your face, head, ears and neck. If you go with a ball cap, don’t forget to supplement with sunscreen to protect your neck and ears.
You Gotta Wear Shades – If you have light eyes, did you know you’re more susceptible to damaging your eyes with sun? No matter who you are, UVA and UVB rays can increase your risk of cataracts and damage the skin around your eyes. Choose sunglasses that protect you and keep you safe from both UVA and UVB rays.
Avoid Indoor Tanning – Indoor tanning directly exposes you to UV radiation. Using indoor tanning has long been linked with various types of skin cancer, so if you’re interested in protecting your skin and reducing your risk of skin cancer, avoid tanning beds.
Obviously, we’re passionate about skin care and protection and if you’re interested, you can also read some great information about the Basics of Sunscreen. Protect your skin this season and you’ll stay healthier and look more youthful. A great cosmetic dermatologist can help you with the rest!