How to Protect Your Skin from UV Rays

Skin Protection

Summer is just around the corner—and with it comes long hours enjoying the warmth of the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, excessive exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun can be harmful to your skin. Without adequate sun protection, these UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging of the skin, and even skin cancer. This spring, learn how to better protect your skin during the upcoming months by reading through the tips below. 

  • Buy protective gear
    Sun protective gear, such as a wide-brimmed hat or long-sleeved shirt, can be the most effective way to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. When shopping for a shirt or pants, be sure that the fabrics are tightly woven and cannot be seen through when held up to a light source. Choose a wide-brimmed hat that has at least a three-inch brim to protect your nose, cheeks, ears, and neck.
  • Always use sunscreen
    If you ever have plans that involve being out in the sun for any length of time, always remember to apply sunscreen to any skin that may be exposed during the activity. When choosing a sunscreen, buy a lotion with at least 30 SPF that blocks both UV-A and UV-B light. Reapply every two hours to ensure that your skin remains protected.
  • Wear sunglasses
    Whenever you are out in the sun, wear protective eyewear that blocks out 100 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Excessive exposure to sunlight without wearing protective eyewear increased risk for developing skin cancer in the skin around the eyes.

Taking steps to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays can help you to avoid the complications associated with skin cancer and sunburn. If you are interested in learning more ways to stay healthy and prevent disease, consult with the healthcare experts at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center . Our hospital offers a full range of comprehensive medical services and is dedicated to the continued health of the West Hills community. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (818) 676-4000 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialty physicians.

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