Ways To Protect Yourself From Sun Exposure This Summer
Summer is here and it is only natural for people in Yardley, PA to want to be outside.
Drs. Howard Rosenman and Linda Leventhal and staff at Rosenman & Leventhal, PC, want to remind people to have fun in the sun – but stay safe. Whether you’re a gardener, an athlete, or just someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, it pays to protect yourself from sun exposure.
The truth is, that deep tanned look people always thought was a sign of health and vigor is actually a potential troublemaker. A lifetime of exposure to the sun can cause premature aging to your skin. This can be manifest with wrinkles, red veins, even dry skin and lesions. Worse, it can lead to more serious and potentially deadly problems such as skin cancer.
The following are tips and recommendations from your Yardley dermatologist to protect your skin and your health.
- Use sunscreen. Many doctors recommend sunscreens rated at least 15 SPF; the American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 or stronger. Use it often and reapply after swimming or if you are profusely sweating. If you are also using insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first, then the repellent.
- Try to avoid being in the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These are the peak hours when the sun’s rays are the most intense.
- Cover up. Try to wear light long sleeve shirts and long pants. Wear sunglasses. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that will offer shaded protection all around.
- Consider wearing clothing or outdoor gear especially designed for being in the sun.
- Never, ever, rely on what people used to refer to as a “base” tan for protection – a base tan will not protect you from sun exposure and if anything may give one a false sense of security.
Remember, summer is for fun, but be careful and protect your skin from overexposure to the sun. If you need more information or are seeking the services of a qualified dermatologist in Yardley, consider contacting Rosenman and Leventhal, PC, at 215-321-3500.