When you were a kid, your mother yelled after you to put on sunscreen every time you headed outside, and for good reason.
Sunscreen is your most important defense against sun damage and skin cancer.
Too much sun exposure without sunscreen causes your skin to change at the cellular level. Over time, your skin can become dry, wrinkled and discolored.
To protect your skin, incorporate sunscreen into your daily grooming routine. Many daily facial moisturizers contain an SPF, but you’ll also need to apply sunscreen to your arms, legs and torso. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and apply it half-an-hour before going outdoors.
If you’re going to be outside for more than an hour, make sure to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or after being active or swimming.
Other steps you can take to protect your skin from the sun include:
- Avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am and 3pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear protective clothing, such as lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Choose a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
Certain medications may make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so be sure to check with your physician before spending any time in the sun.