How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun

June 1, 2017

Ask your dermatologist about the most important things you can do for your skin, and there is a good chance they will talk about sun protection. The sun’s UV rays are extremely damaging to your skin, causing everything from aging to melanoma. Fortunately, protecting your skin from the harmful sun is something you can do every day. Here are some strategies for staying smart about the sun and your skin.

Wear Sunscreen

The most important and most obvious thing you can do to protect your skin from sun damage is to apply sunscreen daily. Your dermatologist can help you choose one with the right level of protection that is also healthy for your skin, especially if you have acne or other conditions that could be inflamed by skin products.

It’s important to choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The SPF on sunscreen refers only to UVB protection, so check product packaging for UVA-shielding ingredients like Parsol 1789 or Mexoryl SX. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide also protect against all types of rays.

Choose Sun-Protective Clothing

Sunscreen can only partially protect your skin from the sun. If you are going to be outside for long periods, choose clothing that also protects your skin from the sun.

Synthetic fibers offer better protection than cotton, as do tight knits. Dark colors and vibrant colors are best at cutting exposure. Some clothing is manufactured with UV protection and can be a good investment if you exercise or work outdoors. Choose a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.

See Your Dermatologist

Diagnosing skin cancer early reduces the chances of complications, so see your dermatologist for regular screenings and any time you notice a change in your skin. Your dermatologist can also show you how to perform self-exams and tell you what changes need to be evaluated by a doctor.

Although UV rays can cause extensive damage, there are many easy ways to protect your skin. Above all, it’s essential to limit your time in the sun and wear sunscreen.

At U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe and healthy. We have multiple locations throughout the country, so fill out our simple online form to get in touch with us. One of our local team members will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us soon.

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