By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
May 24, 2016
Category: Skin Care

Enjoy the sun this summer, but don't forget to protect your skin before you venture outdoors. Failing to follow sun protection summer skinrecommendations can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti, your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, are here to share a few tips that will help you stay safe in the sun.

Wear sunscreen

Make wearing sunscreen part of your daily routine. Cover all areas of exposed skin approximately 30 minutes before you plan to go outside. For optimum protection, choose a product that protects you from UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. If you suffer from acne, look for oil-free sunscreens made just for your face.

Reapply more sunscreen every two hours if you are outside, particularly if you swim or sweat. Although waterproof sunscreens offer a little more protection, you'll still need to apply a fresh layer of sunscreen after you exit the water.
Don't forget to protect your lips from the sun. SPF lip balm is the best way to protect your lips from the sun's rays.

Avoid sun exposure during mid-day

Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun's rays are the most intense. If you can't stay indoors during those times, look for shady spots to minimize sun exposure.

Don't forget your sunglasses

Sunglasses protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun, including cataracts. Read tags carefully to ensure that the glasses you choose offer protection from UV rays. If you normally wear prescription glasses, consider ordering a pair of prescription sunglasses or using magnetic lenses that fit over your glasses.

Cover up

Hats with wide brims, long-sleeve shirts, and long pants prevent the sun from damaging your skin and causing skin cancer. Some clothing even offers built-in SPF protection to stop the rays from penetrating lightweight fabrics.

Visit your Willowbrook and South Barrington Dermatologists

Are you concerned about a suspicious mole or spot on your skin? Call your Willowbrook and South Barrington dermatologists, Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at their South Barrington or Willowbrook offices. For more information, call (630) 321-0303 for the Willowbrook location or (847) 304-0303 for the South Barrington location.

Comments:






Archive: