Spring fever – be safe in the sun

Top dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, JD offers safe sun tipsHave you had enough of winter? Are you planning a getaway to a sunny spot, to rid yourself of the last-of-your-winter blues? Remember darlings, protecting your skin from the sun is more than just avoiding sunburn.  Unprotected sun exposure can result in wrinkles, aging skin, and even skin cancer.  It is so important, you may soon see new labeling to indicate how well a product protects users against UVA as well as UVB rays.

Top dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, JD has some easy but essential tips on how to enjoy the sun while avoiding damage from its dangerous rays:

Make sure sunscreen has both UVB and UVA protection.  Not all do. The SPF is a measurement of UVB protection (SPF should be at least 15). SPF does not measure UVA protection. Both UVA and UVB cause skin cancer and wrinkles. The sunscreen must say "UVA protection provided."

·         The worst hours to be on the beach are between 11 AM -3 PM.

·         Tee-shirts do not protect you from ultraviolet damage.
·        Windows and sunglasses do protect from UVB – they do not block UVA.

DolceDolce Tip: Listen to the doctor and protect yourself. Close blinds if you work near a window during peak sun hours, and wear UVB-UVS sun-block when driving – and reapply.

David J. Goldberg, MD, JD, a cosmetic dermatologist based in New Jersey, New York and Florida, is one of the industry’s most widely regarded figures.  He has also co-authored two books for the general public:  Light Years Younger and Secrets of Great Skin.