Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial to maintaining healthy skin and reducing the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Here are some sun safety tips for the summer:

1. Use Sunscreen
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply generously to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.

2. Seek Shade
The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If possible, stay in the shade during these hours to reduce your exposure.

3. Protective Clothing
Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats to cover your skin. Some clothing is designed with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to provide additional sun protection.

4. Sunglasses
Wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions.

5. Limit Sun Exposure
If you’re spending time outdoors, try to schedule activities before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to avoid the peak sun intensity.

6. Protect Your Lips
Use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from sunburn and potential skin damage.

7. Apply Sunscreen Correctly
Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside. Don’t forget areas like your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet.

8. Reapply After Swimming or Sweating
Water and sweat can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen. Reapply immediately after swimming or sweating, even if the sunscreen claims to be water-resistant.

9. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

10. Check for Shade Quality
If you’re seeking shade, make sure it provides proper protection. Be aware that beach umbrellas and tree canopies may still allow some UV rays to reach your skin.

11. Protect Children
Children have sensitive skin and are more susceptible to sunburn. Ensure they are adequately protected with sunscreen, clothing, and shade.

12. Regular Skin Checks
Perform regular self-examinations of your skin to spot any changes in moles, freckles, or new growths. If you notice anything unusual  schedule an appointment on our website or give our office a call at 203-538-5682.

Protecting your skin from the sun is not just limited to the summer months. These tips can help you enjoy the outdoors while safeguarding your skin’s health.

For more information on skin cancer screening, schedule an appointment on our website or give our office a call at 203-538-5682.