While basking in the sun can feel sensational, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable over time. This summer when you decide to hit up the beach or pool in your new swimsuit be sure to take extra precautions to protect your skin. Your dermatologist is available to provide you with tips on how to further protect your skin from harm.
Use that Sunscreen!
To protect your skin against harmful rays that can lead to skin cancer, your dermatologist places a strong emphasis on applying sunscreen to your skin. Sunscreen is a highly recommended defense against sunburn and skin cancer. It is now available in lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wax sticks and spray.
The best kind of sunscreen depends on you. It is good to use a product that has a higher SPF, but it is more important you find a sunscreen that you like because you will use it more. Make sure you apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before you go out into the sun.
Put on enough sunscreen so that it takes a full minute to rub in. If you are at the beach, be sure to spread at least one ounce on your face and entire body. Use more if you need to for good coverage. If you go for a swim or are outdoors for an extended period of time, reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
Ouch! I think I have Sunburn
Many beach and pool goers often complain of sunburn, which is a visible reaction of the skin’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the invisible rays that are part of sunlight. Signs of sunburn may not appear for a few hours, and the full effect to your skin may take up to 24 hours to appear, but when you have sunburn you will know. Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin. Excessive or multiple sunburns cause premature aging of the skin and can lead to skin cancer.
Sunburns typically heal on their own in a couple of weeks, but there are ways to alleviate the pain caused by them. It is often recommended that you take a cool bath or gently apply a cool, wet compresses to the skin when sunburn develops. You many also take a pain reliever to help with the pain, but it is also important to rehydrate your skin to help reduce swelling by applying aloe.
Visit your dermatologist for more information on how to protect your skin this summer and to find out what to do when you suffer from sunburn.