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5 things that protect your skin from sun damage

The weather is warmer and the days are longer. Even though the sun feels good on your face, there are various steps you need to take for your skin’s best defense against the sun’s harmful rays. Read on for five things that can help prevent sun damage while you still enjoy the benefits of sunny weather.


Clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants can provide protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Dark colors are better than lighter colors, and seek fabric that is more tightly woven. Several new fabrics today are offering high-tech protection you need and the breathability you want.


Hats with a wide brim all the way around offer the best protection as they shade your eyes and the delicate skin on your ears, face and neck. If you wear baseball caps or other hats that don’t cover your ears or neck, you’ll want to use plenty of sunscreen.


There are many ways you can seek shade, including under a tree, umbrella, or under a covered porch or another shelter. It’s most important to find shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which are the peak hours of the sun’s intensity.


Broad-spectrum sunglasses that block 99-100% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are best. Wearing sunglasses will help to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around the eyes.


Sunscreens come in many different formulations, so it may be overwhelming to discern which one is best. Choose one that is a broad-spectrum, which means it contains ingredients that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Some claim to be water-resistant, but it’s still important to reapply every 40-60 minutes if you are swimming, sweating or toweling off. The key is applying sunscreen liberally and in areas that are easy to forget, including the ears and the back of the neck.

If you have more questions about protecting your skin from sun damage or want to learn more about treatments to reverse the sun damage on your face and body, schedule and appointment by calling Utah Valley Dermatology at (801) 768-8800.