The last few days of summer calls for backyard barbecues, day trips to the beach, sitting poolside or hosting a barbecue, but all that time spent in the sun can actually be damaging to your skin. Unprotected sun exposure is the number one cause of premature skin aging and skin cancer. Unfortunately, many people still don’t take it seriously and are not doing enough to protect their skin. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. While you should always apply sunblock rated SPF 30 or greater before heading outdoors, there are a few other ways you can better protect your skin this summer!
Always Use Sun Protection
Make sure use apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Wear protective clothing with ultraviolet protection and hats with wide brims.
Make Sunglasses Your Favorite Accessory
You don’t need designer shades to protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays. Just look for a pair you like that blocks at least 99% of the UV rays.
Limit Your Time in the Sun
Avoid being outdoors during peak sun hours between 10am and 4pm. But if you plan on being outdoors during the day, seek out shaded areas such as trees, or bring an umbrella, so you’re not directly exposed to the sun.
Avoid Tanning Beds
Tanning beds, tanning booths, and sunlamps might give you the bronzy skin you desire, but it can also increase your risk of skin damage and even skin cancer. Avoid visiting tanning salons and opt for a lotion that also serves as a bronzer.
Get to Know Your Skin
By regularly checking your skin for signs of excessive sunburns, moles, or discoloration, you can detect early signs and reduce your risk of skin cancer. Be sure to monitor new skin markings such as moles, bumps, scaly or peeling areas, or skin discoloration.
Sunburn Treatment in Norwalk, CT
At AFC Urgent Care Norwalk, we provide treatment for sun overexposure on a walk-in basis. Some symptoms you might want to get checked include:
- Excessive Peeling
- Skin Rashes
For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 203-845-9100.