Dr. Kristina Collins’ Summer Sun Safety Tips

June 10, 2014 | Conditions, News

Kristina Collins, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery and surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Here are her important sun safety tips to keep your skin safe from the damaging UV rays.

  1. Wear sunscreen daily, even you aren't planning much time outside! UV rays through windows and while driving can also cause damage.
  2. Wear at least spf 30 daily, or spf 50 if planning lots of time outdoors.
  3. Reapply sunscreen every two hours when spending time outside. Aerosol spray sunscreens can be useful for a quick reapplication.
  4. When applying sunscreen, don't forget the top of the head, ears, back of the hands, and top of the feet. These easily forgotten areas are often burned.
  5. You and your family may benefit from using UV protective clothing, including long sleeved UV shirts and wide brimmed UV hats. They will keep you cool and protected!
  6. Avoidance of excess sun is key. Try to minimize outdoor time between 10 and 2pm and seek shade when possible.
  7. There is no such thing as a safe tan! If tan lines are appearing, then your skin is being damaged! Use self-tanning creams to get a safe golden glow.