3 tips to protect your skin from sun damage

At Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center, patients in the area of Miami Beach, FL can discuss their skin’s health and appearance. It is important that patients take the steps required to protect their skin from summer sun damage, as UV rays can dramatically increase one’s risk for skin cancer. Our professionals are here to help, and provide three popular ways in which patients can protect their skin from sun damage:

  • Use sunscreen every day. One of the key features to protecting the skin is sunscreen. Sunscreen, or sunblock, should be applied to the visible areas of skin every day, regardless of how much time you plan to spend outdoors or the current weather. Sunblock should be of SPF 30 or higher and should be reapplied regularly throughout the day. Patients who are swimming or experiencing excessive sweating should reapply to dry skin every hour.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection. Wearing sunglasses with proper UV protection can provide your eyes and surrounding skin from damaging UV rays. At the same time, they reduce squinting which can cause unwanted fine lines around the eyes over time, commonly referred to as “crow’s feet.”
  • Consider any medications you are on that may make you sensitive to sunlight. Certain medications are known for making the skin more susceptible to sun damage. This includes specific medications used for cancer, blood pressure management, and even antibiotics for bacterial infections. Many of these should be taken only with proper skin protection habits in place and reduced time outdoors. Sensitivities may not only make patients more susceptible to experiencing sunburn, but can significantly increase their risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Talk to your doctor about your current medications to determine if you need to limit time outdoors for your overall health and wellness.

Request a visit with Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center today

If you reside in the areas of Miami Beach or Hallandale Beach and want to speak to a professional about sun protection, call Dr. Martin Zaiac today at (305) 532-4478 to schedule a consultation appointment. Our team encourages patients to take control of their skin’s health and appearance with proper skin protection techniques.

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