With summer just around the corner, many individuals are ready to spend time soaking up the sun. However, many are not aware of the dangers of skin cancer and the increasing rates of skin cancer in the United States. The sun’s powerful UV rays can cause harm to the skin, including premature aging, like wrinkles and lines, and sun damage. Read on for some tips on how to best protect your skin this summer.
Protecting Your Skin
Simple steps to protect your skin can add up for long-term benefits. Taking the time to visit a physician to check your skin for early signs of cancer is a must. Also, avoid the outdoors when the sun is at its strongest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you must venture outside, protect your skin from the sun with hats, sunglasses, or long-sleeved shirts.
Also, do not use tanning beds or sun lamps! While a bronzed tan can be desirable, especially during the summer months, it is just not work the risks. Instead, stick with sunless tanners, which can give you the glow you want, without the sun damage.
Choosing a Sunscreen
One of the easiest ways to protect your skin from the sun is to regularly apply sunscreen. When choosing, be sure that it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and reapply every 15-20 minutes. This will offer a suitable amount of protection from the sun’s UV rays. Also, try to pick broad spectrum formulas, as these will work to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays cause sunburn, UVA rays can pass through glass, and can cause premature aging to the skin.
At FacesFirst, we offer a variety of effective sunscreens, as well as tools to reverse aging and sun damage. Our sophisticated treatments employ antioxidants, retinoids, and platelet rich plasma to create beautiful results.
If you take the time to follow these sun-safe steps, you can prevent sun damage and even skin cancer! Patients who have questions about sun protection can contact our Denver office today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.