Protect Your Skin While You Play This Summer

Did you know that it takes only 15 minutes for the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun to damage your skin? However, you don’t have to completely avoid fun in the sun to protect your skin. We want you to have a safe and happy summer, so we have some important sun protection suggestions to share with you.

Stay in the Shade

The sun’s rays are strongest from 10 am to 4 pm. Avoid damaging rays from the sun by staying in the shade when outdoors. A beach umbrella provides instant shade and protection for your skin plus providing a cooler place to relax.

Use Sunscreen

The sun’s rays can damage your skin even on cloudy or cool days. While you are outside you should apply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 protection.

Wear a Sun Hat

A wide-brimmed hat will help protect your face and neck and keep you cooler.

Cover Up with a UPF Shirt

The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) blocks out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays when added to clothing. A UPF of 40 to 50 blocks about 98% of the sun’s rays. Choose loose-fitting UPF clothing for the best protection.

Wear Dark, Thick Clothing

Dark, thick clothing lets in less of the sun’s rays compared to clothing made of thinner, lighter colored fabrics. Stay hydrated when wearing heavier clothing and don’t stay out too long to avoid becoming overheated.

Don’t Go to a Tanning Salon

Tanning beds produce UVA and UVB rays and can cause more damage to your skin than the sun. These harmful rays increase the risk for skin cancer including melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer. Using tanning beds also increases the chance of developing cataracts and ocular melanoma.

Know Your Medications

Some medications can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Be sure to check with your pharmacist if you are unsure about any medication and its effect on your skin in sunlight.

Perform Regular Skin Checks

Check for changes to freckles, moles, or birthmarks and look for new changes in your skin. (A mirror can help you to see out-of-the-way areas).

Schedule an Appointment with Us

Many people neglect one of the most important details during the summer – sun protection. Don’t let the sun age your skin with sunspots, wrinkles and, in some cases, skin cancer! Follow the guidelines above to protect your skin. If you have identified problem areas or just want to have an evaluation, call us today at (847) 381-8899 for an appointment. Our caring professionals are waiting to serve you. We have convenient locations in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, McHenry, and Park Ridge.