Practice Sun Safety This Summer

While it is crucial to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays all year, it is even more so in the hot summer months when the sun’s intensity is at its peak. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the number one cause of skin cancer in the U.S. According to The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), not only is skin cancer the most common cancer in the United States, but it is also one of the most preventable types. Shielding your skin from damaging UV rays reduces your risk of developing skin cancer. Here are a few ways to practice sun safety this summer:Practice Sun Safety This Summer

Apply Sunscreen

The best sunscreens offer a broad spectrum that filters out UVA and UVB rays, have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and contain zinc oxide. Mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin and act as a physical barrier against the sun’s rays. Apply sunscreen liberally on all places exposed to the sun, especially your face, neck, and ears. As it eventually wears off, re-apply every two to three hours and after sweating, swimming, and toweling off. 

Seek Shade/Take Breaks

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 AM and 2 PM, so if you are outside during these hours, seek shade whenever appropriate. You can stand under a tree, umbrella, pavilion, or other shelter. Anytime your shadow appears shorter than you, seek shade. If you’re outside for a substantial period, take frequent breaks from whatever you’re doing to stay cool and hydrated.

Wear Sun-Protective ClothingPractice Sun Safety This Summer

Wear lightweight and long clothing made from tightly woven fabric whenever possible, as these clothes offer safety against UV rays. Clothes with the best protection are labeled with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number. In addition, darker colors provide slightly better protection than lighter colors. 

Sport Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful effects is as essential as protecting your skin. Sunglasses protect the tender skin around the eyes from sun exposure, reduce the risk of cataracts, and safeguard your eyes from UV rays. The sunglasses that offer the best protection block UVA and UVB rays and wrap around your face to prevent the sun from sneaking around the side. 

Wear a Hat

Hats with a wide brim offer the best defense against the sun as it shades your face, neck, and ears. Tightly woven fabrics work in darker colors and offer the best UV protection. Any hats with holes in them let sunlight through, so don’t wear those in the hot months. 

Practice Sun Safety This SummerStay Hydrated

Water is critical to your overall health as it supports a healthy immune system, promotes healthy digestion, flushes waste from the body, improves mood and memory, and regulates body temperature. When spending time in the heat, drink 1 cup (8 ounces) of water every 15–20 minutes or ¾–1 quart (24–32 ounces) per hour. Drinking at shorter intervals is more effective than drinking large amounts infrequently.

Visit Your Dermatologist

Summer is an excellent time to see your dermatologist. Whether you’re going in for your annual skin examination or have a problem or concern you would like addressed, your dermatologist will provide you with the necessary information and treatment. Dallas Dermatology Partners and Skin Specialists of Addison are two excellent medical offices here in Addison, ready to provide high-quality care and fantastic customer service.

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