How to Prevent Sun Damage

It is recommended widely by experts in the area of dermatology that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as the first step in your sun protection plan. Beyond the basic step of being sure to apply sunscreen, you should make sure you:

 

  • Seek the shade, especially during “high sun” hours - 10 AM to 4 PM.
  • Avoid sunburn.
  • Do not use tanning booths.
  • Cover your skin with clothing, broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin (everywhere) regularly.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
  • Fully understand sunscreen: use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.

 

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