5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun is inescapable. We are living in a beautiful world we’d be crazy not to enjoy and explore. Unfortunately, little or no protection from sun exposure can affect the skin and lead to increased signs of aging, decoloration, sun damage, and skin cancer. Here are 5 easy, recommended dermatologist tips you can follow to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while preserving your skin and your health as well.

1. Wear Your Sunscreen—the Right Way

It is true that any effort is better than none against wearing sunscreen. There are recommendations to be followed to ensure higher standards of protection from sunlight. Wearing a product with an SPF of 30 or greater is recommended by our dermatology providers. Anything above SPF 30 is nice but as the number increases, the standard of security does not get dramatically better.

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure — if you wear a chemical blocker — and reapply every 2 hours when outside. Before you put your clothes on, we suggest applying sunscreen — do not wait until you are already in the sun.

There are 2 types of sunscreen. These are chemical and physical blockers.

Physical obstruction agents include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. By deflecting the sun’s rays, these physical blockers work. The most popular forms of sunscreens are chemical blockers. A variety of ingredients are found in chemical blockers that operate by blocking the sun’s rays. Sometimes, tactile blockers are less painful to the skin and operate immediately after application.

2. Dress to protect yourself—Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brim hats, and sunglasses

These days, several famous brands manufacture clothing with UV protection built into the content. Examples of SPF protective clothing brands: Patagonia, The North Face, LL Bean, Under Armour, and Solumbra-just to name a few. To save time spent applying sunscreen, clothing with built-in UV protection is a great choice.

If you have fun outside, you do not have to think about reapplying every couple of hours. It is a smart idea to wear UVA and UVB sunglasses because skin cancer can occur on the eyelids and in the eyes. Our eyesight is a blessing, and protecting yourself is invaluable. We are fortunate to live in a time when many famous outdoor brands offer sun protection clothes; take advantage of it! Do not be afraid to double by wearing both safe sunscreen and sun clothes.

3. Take Notice of Your Surroundings

With over 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota and several months of snow each year, snow and water are almost difficult to stop. When spending time around snow, water , sand, asphalt, and pavement, be extra careful of sun exposure. The sunlight reaches your skin directly and also reflects on your skin from these surfaces, amplifying the intensity. Make sure to wear water-resistant sunscreen while bathing in water and reapply more often. Enjoy nature’s beauty and all our magnificent world too has to offer, just make sure to protect your skin at the same time.

4. Protect Your Skin From Within

There are strong ingredients in some supplements that can act to protect your body from sun damage. At Femina Treatment, Heliocare is a supplement we recommend. Heliocare is a result of the fern plant Polypodium leucotomos. The Heliocare antioxidants help the skin protect itself from environmental free radicals. The Murad brand has a product called the Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplement which contains extract from pomegranate. Pomegranate extract is rich in antioxidants that help combat free radicals — similar to the Heliocare ingredients. There are also several other companies selling supplements intended to protect the skin against environmental toxins and free radicals. Eating an antioxidant medication.

5. Avoid peak hours of the day

Try preventing direct exposure to the sun from 10am-4pm. During this time, individuals are more vulnerable to sun damage because the UV rays are very strong. Try to make an attempt to schedule the operations for these hours of peak sunshine. Go for an early morning run or stroll along the river for a relaxing sunset. Fortunately, it happens that the early morning and golden hours of the day are some of the most stunning.

Young man training in the nature with sun behind him. Young man on morning run outdoors.