Peak sun hours, when UV light is strongest, are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When possible, plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon when the sun’s rays are less intense.
Wear protective clothing including a broad brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses. Apply a broad spectrum, UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher a half hour before sun exposure. Adults should use approximately 2 tablespoons of product (a shot glass) to cover their body. Re-application every 2 hours and after water exposure or heavy sweating is advisable. Newborns should be kept out of the sun, and apply sunscreen to babies over 6 months of age.
If you do, however, end up getting too much sun, as long as you are not allergic, acetaminophen is a great way to find a bit of relief from a mild sunburn. Additionally, avoid heat and apply a cool water compress to affected areas. You can also treat a mild sunburn by gently applying a light unscented over the counter moisturizer. For more severe sunburns, seek medical attention asap. For more detailed information on sun protection and skin cancer prevention, visit aad.org and skincancer.org.
The physicians of Dermatology Associates Medical Group have expertise and years of experience in detecting and treating skin cancer. Schedule a total body skin exam and learn how to examine yourself for signs of skin cancer. To set up an appointment call: (310) 274-9954.