Top Ten Tips On How You Can Better Protect Your Skin From The Skin

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Well it is the summer time, which means the vast majority of us are going to be spending a lot more time in the sun! The beach is a common place to spend a beautiful day and the place to go if you want to work on your tan. Regardless of where you are however, if you are spending a lot of time outdoors you need to be sure you are taking the necessary precautions to protect your skin.

Picking out the right sunscreen can be difficult, because there are a ton of different options out there to choose from and not every option is a good choice. This means you need to be careful when picking out your sunscreen of choice.

Here are 10 tips on how you can ensure your skin is protected when outdoors:

  1. Never forgot to apply sunscreen, regardless of the season and weather.
  2. Before buying that new bottle of sunscreen make sure it is labeled as “broad spectrum protection” because that means you are protected from both UVA and UVB rays.
  3. On average all you need is approximately 1 ounce (oz) of sunscreen to provide coverage to your entire body—your face alone uses 5 grams of sunscreen.
  4. It is recommended that you apply sunscreen a minimum of 15 minutes before going outdoors so that it can absorb into your skin for maximum effect.
  5. Protect every area of your skin! This includes bald spots and the tips of your ears.
  6. Invest in a wide-brimmed hat.
  7. Pick out sunglasses that are labeled to protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. More than just your eyelids can be burned as well, over exposure to UVB rays can lead to cataract development in your eyes.
  8. Don’t assume your cars windows are going to block all of the sun’s rays! Studies have shown that only a small percentage of side windows on cars actually block safe levels of UV rays.
  9. Reapply your sunscreen after you have gone swimming and/or excessively sweat. Also, it is smart to reapply after every two hours to ensure you have the maximum amount of sun protection.
  10. During the dog days of summer (hottest days of the year) you should make an effort to stay out of the sun! The excessive sweating will reduce the effectiveness of your sunscreen and cause you to get potentially burned.