Sun Protection: How to Protect Your Skin from Harmful UV Rays

As the weather gets nicer, most people will want to spend more time outside. While spending time outside is good for your overall health, it can also be dangerous if you aren’t taking the right precautions. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is a significant risk factor for skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer. Protecting your skin from UV rays is crucial for maintaining its health and youthful appearance.

Protect Your Skin From Harmful UV Rays

Protecting your skin is something that you should actively do each day. By making skin protection part of your routine, you can make sure that your skin is safe from UV rays and any complications that may come with them. You should take steps each day to ensure that you’re protected from harsh rays and that you can still enjoy being outside each day.

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and hands. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating. Even on cloudy days, UV rays can penetrate through clouds and cause skin damage.

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during peak UV radiation hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade under trees, or umbrellas, or wear protective clothing whenever possible. Wear sunglasses with UV-blocking lenses to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them from UV damage. Wear lightweight, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs. Wide-brimmed hats can provide shade for your face, ears, and neck, reducing sun exposure to sensitive areas.

Perform regular self-examinations of your skin to check for any changes, new moles, or spots. See your dermatologist promptly if you notice any unusual changes or concerns.

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Make sure your skin is safe. Contact your dermatologist to learn more about protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

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