• 6 Ways To Protect Your Skin This Summer

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    You probably know that protecting your skin from the sun helps to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. Here are 6 helpful hints on maintaining your youthful skin.

    – use broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen

    – use A LOT of sunscreen

    – wear protective clothing and a hat

    – stay out of the sun anyway

    – be more aware around reflective surfaces, specifically sand and water

    – be more vigilant with children and their skin

     

     

    Make sure and use broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. It should hopefully protect from both UVA and UVB rays, and have an SPF of 30 or higher. Water resistance is important, due to exposure to perspiration and water.

    Use A LOT of sunscreen, because you typically need a tablespoon or more for your face. Some dermatologists recommend up to 1 ounce shot glass or more for your entire body. That is a lot of sunscreen, and I’m not certain that the average person uses that much sunscreen for an outing in the sun.

    Try to wear protective clothing and a hat, since this also reduces sun damage. There are types of clothing that has SPF built into the fabric, and also, some dyes that you can use in the washing machine that give SPF protection to your clothing.

    Try to stay out of the sun anyway by using an umbrella, shade, or other sheltered area.

    Be more aware around reflective surfaces, specifically sand and water. Reflective surfaces can increase your exposure to the sun, so

    You should try to be more vigilant with children and their skin. Children are too young to realize that they need to reapply sunscreen after it’s worn off. Also, children’s skin is more sensitive than adult skin, and may burn more easily.

    If you’d like more information, please go to my website at www.drkim.com, or the ASAPS web page at http://www.surgery.org/consumers/consumer-resources/consumer-tips/be-good-to-your-skin-protect-yourself.

     

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