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How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Protecting Your Skin from Ultraviolet Radiation

As we prepare to venture out into the great outdoors, it is essential to remember to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. With prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, you can experience sunburn, early signs of aging, and even several types of skin cancer.

Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect your skin from sun damage. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe all summer long.

Use Broad-Spectrum SPF

Many people don’t realize that there are different types of UV rays: UVA and UVB rays are the ones that penetrate the earth’s atmosphere and make it to the surface. Broad-spectrum SPF helps to protect us from these two types of ultraviolet rays.

When choosing your sunscreen, remember to purchase one that is labeled as “broad spectrum” with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Stay in the Shade

Limiting your time in direct sunlight is one of the best ways to protect your skin. Whether you seek solace under a shady tree or a beach umbrella, finding adequate shade is an excellent way to avoid the sun’s harmful rays while spending time outdoors.

Wear Protective Clothing

While wearing longer sleeves, pants, and skirts can help to protect your skin from sun exposure, the colors of your clothes can also play a role in their level of protection. Wearing black and other darker shades can actually prove more UV protection than lighter ones.

Wear Sunglasses

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest, most sensitive skin on your body—which also needs to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection helps to do so while also protecting your eyes from developing cataracts as a result of sun exposure.

Board-Certified Dermatology in Burbank, CA

Whether you are in need of cosmetic or medical care, our board-certified specialists at Advanced Dermatology Center are here for you. Our team of board-certified dermatologists will work with you to find the right course of treatment to address your skin care needs. By combining the latest dermatological advancements with years of experience, our team is able to provide the best quality care to each of our patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! (818) 284-4003