How To Protect Your Skin From the Sun

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The sun makes the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities, but it can cause damage to unprotected skin, making you look older than you feel and sometimes causing serious damage that threatens your health.

How Does the Sun Damage Your Skin?

Sun exposure can damage the appearance as well as the health of your skin in the following ways:
Ultraviolet A (UVA) Radiation- causes your skin to wrinkle and age prematurely and also play a role in skin cancer types including basal cell carcinoma (the most common type), squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) Radiation- plays an even greater role in the development of skin cancer and also causes sunburn

How Important is Sunscreen in Protecting Your Skin from the Sun?

Sunscreen is an essential tool in protecting your skin from the sun. You should wear sunscreen every day, since some of the sun’s rays can even penetrate glass, making you vulnerable to skin damage from the sun.

What Type of Sunscreen Should You Use?

Look for a sunscreen or sunblock product that’s labeled as providing broad-spectrum protection, since this helps protect you from the sun’s UVA as well as UVB rays. You’ll want to use one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30.

How Often Should I Use Sunscreen?

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, so the ingredients have a chance to fully bind to your skin. You should use one ounce, which is about a palmful or a shot glass full. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours at a minimum and even more often if you’re sweating, swimming, or toweling off.

What Are Some Other Ways You Can Protect Your Skin from the Sun?

Sunscreen is one way to protect your skin, but there are also others, including the following:

  • Being more careful about sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to help protect your face
  • Wear sunglasses that block UV
  • Use a lip balm with sun protection
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Check the UV index before going out- this number goes from 0 (minimal) to 10+ (very high) and is often included in the weather forecast. Take care if the UV index is 5 or higher.
  • Use topical antioxidants- Products that contain vitamin C, retinol, green tea, or coenzyme Q10 can help prevent some damage from the sun.
  • Use makeup and moisturizers that provide sun protection.

To find out more ways to protect your skin from the sun, make an appointment today with New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation. We have offices in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our team can give you more information regarding any skin concerns you may have.

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