The Importance of Sun Safety
- Posted on: Aug 12 2015
To many, particularly in warm climates like Venice, Florida, summer is as much a time for enjoying the sun as it is for absorbing the sun. For the next few months, countless people will flock to the beach or the pool to catch some rays and work on their tans. However, while getting your skin that caramel macchiato shade might be high on your to-do list, so should be protecting your skin from sun damage. For, while tans, like seasons, fade away, the effects of unprotected sun exposure could damage your skin for a lifetime.
Long-term sun exposure (ultraviolet light or UV ray exposure) can cause a multitude of cosmetic and medical skin problems. In terms of aesthetics, beyond burns, sun damage can lead to sunspots, age spots, rough/leathery skin and wrinkles. Meanwhile, on a medical level, prolonged UV ray exposure can cause premature aging and skin cancer.
How Can You Protect Your Skin?
The best way to avoid these consequences is by protecting yourself now. The main means for doing so include: avoiding tanning beds and salons, wearing a hat in the sun, avoiding excessive sunlight (especially during midday when the sun is strongest), and regularly wearing the right level of SPF sunscreen.
There is often a lot of confusion revolving around what is the “right” SPF level of sunscreen to utilize. However, despite the many high-numbered products out there, in truth, SPF 30 is the recommended SPF level of sunscreen to use. Many dermatologists, such as the doctors at Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology, as well as the American Academy of Dermatology, advocate SPF 30 sunscreen for best sun protection. Sunscreen with that level of SPF blocks out about 97% of UV rays. Moreover, what that number (30) specifically means is that it would take 30 times longer to burn in the sun with that level of sunscreen protection than it would without. In other words, if (for example) it took one minute to burn without sunscreen, it would take 30 minutes to burn with SPF 30 sunscreen protection.
The beauty of summer sunshine is something to appreciate and take advantage of. Concurrently, though, it is just as important that you not allow the sun to take advantage of you and reap long-term damage.
Learn More by Contacting Your Venice, FL Dermatologist!
Wherever your summer ventures take you this season, be sure to take care of your skin, particularly by regularly applying SPF 30 sunscreen. Should you have any more questions on how to best protect your skin, or about previous skin damage, schedule an appointment with Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology today! We are always here to help you achieve the healthiest, most beautiful skin possible.
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