Why is sun protection more important in summer than during the rest of the year? In the summer, the sun’s rays are stronger than they are at other times of the year, and this increases the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and skin damage. When you apply sunscreen, you shield your skin from harmful UV radiation, maintaining healthier skin while significantly reducing the chances of developing skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, applying enough to cover all the skin on your body not covered by clothing; for most adults, this will be about enough to fill a shot glass.
Slathering on sunscreen during your morning skincare routine isn’t the only best practice for sun protection. It’s also advisable to stay out of the sun during peak sun hours. Seek shade when the sun is at its highest, or arrange your schedule to keep you indoors during most of these peak hours. Be aware, though, that it’s not just noon that’s a problem: UV rays tend to be strongest from 10 am to 4 pm.
In addition to sunscreen, wear sun-protective clothing, like wide-brimmed hats, UV-resistant clothing, and sunglasses. Remember that sunscreen isn’t a “one-and-done” practice. You should reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating. Following these guidelines will allow you to enjoy the sun safely, without worrying about skin aging or cancer.
Wearing sunscreen is an important part of caring for your skin, and so is seeing a dermatologist regularly. If you’re looking for a dermatologist, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is committed to providing superior, professional hair and skin care in a manner that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers are here to provide you with the care you need in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. Call (801) 682-4715 or contact us through our website.