Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is an invisible form of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun. These rays can be classified into three types: UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVC rays are absorbed by the ozone layer and do not reach the Earth’s surface, UVA and UVB rays can cause significant damage to the skin.
With the following tips, you can greatly reduce your risk of the sun’s harmful effects.
Wear Protective Clothing
Fashion can also be functional! When choosing sun-safe clothing, opt for lightweight and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, etc., made from tightly woven fabrics. Don’t forget to protect your eyes as well with UV-protective sunglasses.
Protect Your Scalp
While it may not be second nature to protect your scalp, it’s an easy measure to adopt. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or simply use sunscreen to protect your scalp from unnecessary burns. Consider using UV-protective hair products or wearing a headscarf for extra sun protection.
Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin at least 15-30 minutes before heading out. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if swimming, sweating or towel drying.
Seek Shade During Peak UV Hours
While everyone enjoys their time in the sun, we’d advise taking a break every now and again. Use umbrellas, beach tents or natural shade to protect yourself when the sun’s rays are strongest – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Be Mindful of Reflection
Water, sand and other reflective surfaces like snow can intensify UV radiation. Apply extra caution near these areas, as sea surf/foam and dry sand can reflect up to 30% and 18% of UV rays, respectively.
Check Your Skin Regularly
Regular self-examinations are the key to early detection of any skin abnormalities. While best-case scenarios will signify no signs of skin damage, monthly checks will allow you to identify any changes, new moles or suspicious spots ASAP. Consult our board-certified dermatologist if you notice any concerning or evolving skin lesions.
You’re never alone in your skincare journey! At Shinagawa Aesthetics, we view skin health as a team effort. Our board-certified team of skin specialists is ready to work with you to help you achieve the skin you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today to schedule your visit!
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