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Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

By Virginia Laird

Did you know that the sun can cause damage to the skin which cannot be reversed? This is one of the reasons it is imperative to take good care of your skin. Along with wrinkles and age spots, the sun can cause skin cancer. Although many wait until the first glimpse of warm weather to start thinking skincare, dermatologists advise that it is wise to take care of your skin year-round. A few suggestions offered by these experts to protect from sun damage include:

  • Always wear a hat
  • Consider wearing long sleeves when outdoors
  • Wear sunscreen every day
  • Avoid spending too much time outside during the middle of the day

Always Wear a Hat

Wearing a hat can help protect the entire face from burns and damage. This can prevent an increased chance of developing wrinkles too young. Dermatologists advise the best hat to wear while in the sun is a hat with a wide brim. If this type of hat is not for you, no worries. Any type of hat is better than no hat at all. But you really should make sure you protect your face by investing in a hat to help prevent sun damage.

Consider Wearing Long Sleeves When Outdoors

Long sleeves can help protect the arms from the sun when you are outside. Dermatologists advise that the arms tend to get more sun damage than other areas of the body. Although many overlook this, the arms get a great deal of sun while driving a car. A long sleeved shirt can help prevent damage and sunspots on the arms.

Wear Sunscreen Every Day

Sunscreen is paramount to protect from sun damage. One of the most important things to remember about sun damage is that it cannot be reversed. Dermatologists teach that there is no such thing as applying sunscreen too often. To make it a part of your daily routine, consider keeping a bottle of it in your car and purse. This can help you remember to apply it while out and about.

Limit Time Outside During the Middle of the Day

Sunburn hours are considered to be between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. These are the times when you should avoid being outside for longer than necessary. During these hours, it is best to find indoor activities. While you can burn (almost) any time the sun is out, these hours are the times when the sun is most intense.

Now you are ready to begin preventing sun damage for you and your family. Let’s hope you are able to avoid major burns and sun-related issues this spring and summer.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Holly Springs, N.C.

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