Summer sun calls for added sun protection

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Skin needs sun protection throughout the year, but during the summer, when we tend to spend hours outside, it becomes even more important. According to Dr. Gary Goldfaden, founder of GOLDFADEN MD, the threat of sun damage, wrinkles and worse – skin cancer – rises exponentially” during the summer.

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Dr. Goldfaden’s tips to protect your skin in the sun:

 

Choosing between a spray/aerosol SPF and a lotion SPF?  Go with the spray, studies have shown that the particles (found in spray) are so small that they evenly coat the uneven surface of the epidermis better than creams. Think of your skin surface as peaks and valleys. Tiny particles cover these uneven areas much more effectively than cream, and it’s far better for than the environment than opting for an aerosol version.

 

Being in the water can also cause severe burns:  The sun’s reflection off the water can cause severe burns. Don’t assume just because your body is in the water and cool that the exposed areas (face, chest and back) are safe from the sun.

 

Don’t be confused with the high SPF labels:  Anything higher than SPF 50+ can tempt you to stay in the sun too long. Even if you don’t burn, your skin can experience damage related to over exposure from UVA/UVB rays. Stick to SPFs between 15 and 30, and reapply every hour when in the sun and up to three times per day when not in direct sunlight (remember: you still get sun exposure through those clouds).

 

Avoid Vitamin A when coming into contact with the sun:  Eating Vitamin A-infused vegetables is good for you, but spreading Vitamin A on your skin may not be. Government data shows that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with Vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. It’s in 20 percent of all sunscreens that EWG reviewed in 2014, and also found in any “retinoid” infused beauty product. Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol, or Vitamin A when in the sun, and choose to keep these as part of your nightly regimen.

 

Reapply SPF often: Sunscreen chemicals sometimes break down in the sun, wash off, or rub off on towels and clothing. It’s important that you reapply your sunscreen every hour when in direct sun light to ensure proper skin protection.

 

Cover Up:  Wear clothes. Hats, shirts, dresses, shorts, and pants provide the best protection from UV rays.

 

Plan around the sun:  Head outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower. UV radiation peaks at midday between 12 PM and 3 PM.

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Sunnies are necessary:  Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. Good shades protect your eyes from UV radiation that causes cataracts.

 

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