Avoiding sun damage is one of the most important ways you can protect your appearance and your health. UV radiation from the sun (or tanning beds) can cause premature aging, result in more noticeable wrinkles, leave you with tough, dry skin, and lead to skin cancer, which can be fatal.
Protecting your skin from sun damage is essential, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few simple ways to protect your skin.
Invest In Moisturizer And Makeup That Doubles As Sunscreen
Almost everyone has forgotten to apply sunscreen at least once. Investing in makeup or moisturizer with at least a little bit of sun protection will ensure that you always leave the house with at least a little bit of sunscreen on your face. This won’t be enough to protect your skin for a day at the beach, but it is a great starting point to keep your skin healthy during day-to-day outings.
Avoid Spending Time Outside Between 10 am and 4pm
On most days you’re a little more likely to get sunburned between 10am and 4pm. When possible, stay indoors between these hours and if you will be outside stay in the shade when you can and wear plenty of sunscreen.
Keep Sunscreen In Your Car Or Purse
Keeping spare sunscreen in your car or purse makes it easy to quickly protect your skin if you realize you forgot to apply sunscreen at home. This also gives you protection if you find yourself going on an impromptu outing on a sunny day.
It is also smart to keep a spare hat in your car so you can shade your face if you’ll be outside in the sun when you weren’t expecting it.
Visit Your Dermatologist For Checkups
Avoiding sun damage takes hard work and even people who are very careful may occasionally get sunburned. Visit your dermatologist regularly for checkups to make sure your skin is healthy. A dermatologist can catch signs of damage and help prevent future problems. Hopefully you never have to deal with skin cancer, but if you do, the sooner it is caught the easier it will be to treat. If you’d like to learn more about protecting your skin, schedule an appointment at Advanced Laser & Skin Cancer Center.