July is UV Safety Month
The importance of protecting the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays isn’t something many people really consider often. With the skin being the body’s largest organ, necessary measures need to be taken to keep the skin healthy.
UV rays are extremely damaging to the skin, causing wrinkles, blotchy skin, and various other skin conditions. In the United States, skin cancer is currently the most common type of cancer, with UV rays being one of the main causes. Following these simple steps can help defend your skin again the sun’s harmful rays:
- Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen that is a minimum of SPF 15. Re-apply throughout the day when in the sun.
- Avoid being out in the sun during the peak hours of 10am to 4pm.
- When traveling at higher altitudes be extra cautious since there is less atmosphere to absorb the UV radiation.
- Wear protective clothing such as a hat, UV-resistant sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts and pants when possible.
- Check your skin regularly for any changes.
When enjoying the outdoors during any season, remember that things such as water, sand, snow, and building windows can reflect the sun’s UV rays, increasing your risk of sunburn. When you experience a sunburn your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer increases.
Additionally, always make sure you are using the best quality products for your specific skin needs. This will aid in keeping your skin looking healthier, smoother, and more youthful.
If you have sun damage to your face and would like to learn more about the different available options to help you regain a younger looking appearance, contact the Phoenix plastic surgery practice of Dr. Paul Angelchik at 602-375-8888 to schedule a consultation today!