The Sun Shows Your Skin No Mercy

May 30, 2023

Ol’ Sol shines on us every day. Depending on where you live, its UV rays can be strong only part of the year or throughout the year. But one thing is constant: You must do what you can to protect your skin from cancer even on cloudy days.

The well-being of your skin affects how you live and enjoy your life. We at the office of Dermatology for the Family understand this and are here for you. Think of us as the gatekeepers of your dermatological medical team. We listen to your needs and collaborate with you to help your skin (your body’s largest organ!) stay healthy.

The next time you’re ready to head into the great outdoors, take some of these pointers.

The sun’s UV rays are strongest and most harmful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must go out between those times, slather bare skin with sunscreen that has an SPF (sun protection factor) level that’s at least 30. Smear it on every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or perspiring. 

Sun-blocking tactics include clothing. Slacks and long-sleeved blouses block the sun’s rays and heat. Some specialized clothes even have a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) number that, like SPF in sunscreen, shows how well it blocks sunlight. Scalp cancer isn’t unusual. Don hats that have a tight weave and a broad brim that spans your face, neck and ears. Straw hats may look chic and fancy-free, but UV rays easily slip through them.

Protect your peepers. Ultraviolet rays can promote cataracts and macular degeneration, the latter of which can lead to blindness. The skin around your eyes is particularly thin, delicate and susceptible. When outdoors, always wear sunglasses with UV 400-blocking lenses.

Be aware of “driver cancer.” It’s when people—especially long-haul truck drivers—get skin cancer on their left arm because they steer with their right hand, leave the left-side window open and rest their other arm on the bottom of the window frame. Sunproof your car with a special window film that blocks UV light. The film will protect you as well as your car’s hard surfaces and upholstery. 

If you have any dermatological issues or questions, the office of Dermatology for the Family wants to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for an appointment.