Summer holidays are here and the warm, sunny weather is in full swing! While
most of us are pleased with the radiant glow we develop after an afternoon in
the sun, we tend to ignore the fact that sun exposure creates cumulative skin
damage. As we age, this cumulative skin damage from sun exposure can begin
to show. Some of the most common signs of prolonged sun exposure and sun
damage include development of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and even
skin cancer. Not to fear though, there are ways you can protect yourself from the
damaging effects of unprotected sun exposure. Here are a few simple tips to
help you stay sun-safe this summer:
1. Stay out of direct sunlight in the middle of the day and instead opt for a
shaded area, especially from 10am to 4pm.
2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or other clothing
specifically designed with sun-protectant properties.
3. Apply at least SPF30 sunscreen every day with reapplication every 2 hours
when are you exposed directly to the sun. Remember that even if you are not
outside you can still be exposed to harmful rays from the sun during your day to
day tasks such as your drive to work, walking from your car into a store, or
while sitting near windows in your office.
4. If you’re applying multiple products throughout the day, you need to consider
the order of application. The preferred order of application is topical medications
first followed by your daily moisturizer, sunscreen of at least SPF30, foundation,
and then finally other cosmetic products.
5. Never use tanning beds to achieve a sun-kissed glow. Opt for a sunless
tanning product instead.
~Tiffany McCabe, MMS, PA-C