People often talk about getting sun like it’s a good thing. However, they often fail to take proper UV (ultraviolet) protection into consideration. The sun releases harsh rays that can damage your skin and wreak havoc on your complexion—often in about 15 minutes. UV ray damage can make people a lot more susceptible to skin cancer, as well as accelerate the aging of your skin. If you want to help reduce your risk of health concerns and premature wrinkles, fine lines and age spots, then you need to take your sun care approach seriously. UV safety should be a priority 365 days of the year.

Wear Sunblock on a Daily Basis

Diligent sunscreen use is the key to protecting yourself and your skin from harmful UV rays. Refrain from going outdoors in direct sunlight until you apply a broad spectrum sunblock. Make sure that it has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of a at least . Even if it’s chilly or overcast, you should still make sunscreen application part of your daily skincare regimen. Keep in mind that you may need to reapply if you’re exposed to the sun for more than two hours after activities such as swimming.

Take Advantage of Shade Any Time You Can

Whether under a tree or umbrella, take advantage of shade whenever possible to help minimize potential sun damage to your skin. It can be particularly advantageous to combine shade with sufficient sunblock.

Protect Your Skin With Apparel and Accessories

Try to wear tops that have long sleeves or lengthy skirts and pants to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Darker clothing that is tightly knit provides the best protection.

Hats featuring a wide brim that conceal your ears, neck and face can also help to provide protection from the sun. Stay away from straw hats as they have openings that enable sunlight to make its way to your skin. Sunglasses, last but not least, can help to protect the delicate tissues and skin around your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Look for quality sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and absorb most HEV rays.

Think About the Time of Day

Sun rays are more intense between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If possible, try to stay inside during these peak times when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Look Into Any Medications You Use

Some medications may increase your sensitivity to sunlight and damage caused by UV rays. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about your medications and to see if you are more at risk for damage.

Be Prudent Around Sand, Snow and Water

Sand, snow and water can bounce harsh UV rays back, making people a lot more vulnerable to unpleasant sunburns.

Contact us today to learn more about properly protecting your skin against damaging UV rays.