While people constantly want to feel the sun on their face, this may be a way of life whose time has passed. Some summer sun is good for the body, as it delivers Vitamin D, but too much of it can damage your body’s first line of defense. Worse, it can lead to precancerous growths and develop into full-blown skin cancer.
Don’t let this happen. Learn a thing or two from these tips to keep your skin protected even while out in the sun.
- Use quality sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy. Find one that is broad spectrum, meaning it can protect the skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure that it has an SPF of 30 or higher to achieve maximum protection for your skin.
- When choosing sunscreens, remember that creams are best for people with dry skin, while gels work better in hairy areas of the body, such as the scalp. If possible, skip sunscreen sprays. Aside from not being able to place enough product on the skin, sprays can be inhaled into the lungs.
- Be extra cautious around sand, snow, or water as such surfaces reflect the sun’s damaging rays and increase your chances of getting a sunburn.
- If possible, limit your sun exposure from 10AM to 4PM. These are the times when the heat and rays from the sun are the most intense. Find shade when outdoors during these times.
Early detection is key to proper treatment. Call Deschutes Dermatology Center today at 541-330-0900 to request an appointment with Bend, OR dermatologist Dr. Carter and learn how to take better care of your skin.