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Healthy Her | Sun Protection

Healthy Her | Sun Protection

It's summertime ladies (and gentleman)! We are all spending more time out in the sun whether it is the beach, the pool or even just yard word. Here is some helpful guidance on protecting your skin from the sun. 

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a sunscreen that offers:

  • SPF 30 of higher
  • Water resistance
  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA & UVB rays)

Sunscreen that includes the above, isn’t only good for preventing sunburn. Used properly sunscreen can:

  • Prevent skin cancer
  • Reduce wrinkles and other signs of premature aging
  • Prevent skin discoloration such as sunspots
  • Prevent inflammation

You can also protect your skin by seeking shade, wear sun-protective clothing, being careful around reflective surfaces like water and avoiding tanning beds.

Sunscreen should be used on your skin daily as the sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. When applying it’s important to evenly apply sunscreen on any skin not covered by clothing. You should reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

There are a lot of sunscreen options, so here are some helpful tips.

  • Creams are recommended for even application, dry skin and applying to the face.
  • Gels are good for oily complexions and hairy areas, like the scalp.
  • Sprays can be a challenge to provide adequate coverage. If you do use spray sunscreen it’s recommended to:
    • Spray the skin until it glistens and then rub it in afterwards.
    • For face application, spray it on your hands and apply it to your face.
    • Avoid inhalation, watch out for the direction of the wind!
  • Tinted sunscreens, moisturizers or makeup with an SPF can helpful. But remember to reapply every two hours.
  • Protect your lips, use a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Sunscreens are water resistant, not waterproof or sweatproof. Always reapply after swimming or sweating.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to areas often overlooked such as the tops of your feet, scalp, ears and neck.

Spending time outside is a great way to get vitamin D, get moving and reduce stress. However, as the weather transitions and you start spending time outside, don’t forget to be kind to your skin. Protect yourself from sun damage and reduce your risk for skin cancer by using sunscreen.

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