Protecting your skin in the sun is something we all need to do every day. It’s especially important to protect skin that has been treated with cosmetic surgery or non-surgical treatments and procedures. There are several things you can do to protect your new skin.
Apply sunscreen generously and often
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, specifically UVA and UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. If you are swimming or sweating, reapply every hour.
The sun’s rays are the strongest and most harmful between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Limit your time in the direct sun during those hours. If you don’t have access to a watch or phone to find out what time it is, you can follow the simple rule, “Short Shadow – Seek Shade.” If your shadow is shorter than you are tall, the intensity of the sun’s UV rays is more likely to cause sunburn and other damage. Find the shade of a tree or shelter.
Sunglasses are more than just a stylish accessory, but broad-spectrum sunglasses that block 99-100% of the sun’s UV rays will protect your eyes from damage.
Put on a wide-brimmed hat
Wide-brimmed hats are ideal sun protection as they cover your face, ears and neck. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants and even clothing that has sun-protective materials can offer protection. Choose darker or brightly colored clothing and densely woven fabric, which offers the best protection.
Avoid both indoor and outdoor tanning
The use of indoor tanning beds and even laying out in the sun contribute to skin damage and are associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. Tanning can lead to sunburn, hyperpigmentation, premature aging and more.
Dr. Cheryl Citron has years of experience in the care of patients with a wide variety of skin conditions. For more information about how to protect your skin and treatment for sun-damaged skin concerns, call (973) 243-2300 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Citron at Advanced Dermatology Associates, P.A.