Joel Schlessinger MD reveals his sun safety tips

With warm weather approaching, it is important to take steps to protect yourself from harmful sun exposure. Check out these tips from Joel Schlessinger MD on how to keep you safe in the sun.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains what to look for in a sun protection product.

You should always read the labels of your sun protection products before you purchase them to make sure you are receiving proper protection. Many people only look at the SPF, which is not the best way to determine if your sunscreen is adequate. SPF only explains how well a produce protects against UVB rays, not UVA. Both cause skin cancer so you need a product that is designated as broad spectrum. Additionally, just because a product has an SPF higher than 50 does not mean that it protects any better than a product with SPF 50. A broad spectrum sunscreen such as EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Knowing the correct way to apply sunscreen is just as important as the product itself. You should apply approximately a nickel-size amount to the face and about two tablespoons, or one shot glass, to the body. You must reapply at least every two hours. You should also choose a sunscreen that is labeled water-resistant that will provide between 40 and 80 minutes of protection when skin is exposed to moisture.

Follow basic sun safety rules to protect yourself, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Avoid excessive sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is most intense. You can also defend your skin against damage by wearing loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and pants, as well as wide-brimmed hats for added protection.

Along with proper clothing and sun protection products, you can also take supplements such as Heliocare Sun Protection Pills that provide added UV protection. This pill can be taken daily to improve resistance to UV rays but must still be used with your regular sunscreen.

Do you have questions about sun protection? Ask below in the comments section.

Posted Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Filed Under Category: Sun Protection, Sunscreen Tips
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