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.
- Wear sunscreen daily, even you aren't planning much time outside! UV rays through windows and while driving can also cause damage.
- Wear at least spf 30 daily, or spf 50 if planning lots of time outdoors.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours when spending time outside. Aerosol spray sunscreens can be useful for a quick reapplication.
- 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.
- 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!
- Avoidance of excess sun is key. Try to minimize outdoor time between 10 and 2pm and seek shade when possible.
- 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.