How to Protect Your Eyes and Skin from the Sun


Though the sun shines throughout most of the year in the West Hills area, the sun’s rays are a bit more intense during the summer months. To prevent yourself from getting sunburned and to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, it’s important that you take a few precautions before you go outside. West Hills Hospital recommends that you protect your skin and eyes with the following tips:

Wear Sunglasses and a Hat

Leaving your eyes unprotected can compromise your vision over time. To prevent your eyes from being damaged, it’s important for you to wear sunglasses any time you’re outside. Wearing a hat can also help keep the sun out of your eyes and protect the top of your head.

Wear Pants and Long Sleeves

Though you may be tempted to break out the shorts and t-shirts, you should protect your skin by wearing long sleeves and pants whenever possible. You’ll find that loose, light-colored shirts and pants can protect your arms and legs while still keeping you cool.

Put on Sunscreen

Sunscreen is another important part of the equation. Most doctors recommend using sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection, and has an SPF of at least 15. It’s not enough to apply sunscreen once and forget about it—you should try to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so.

Avoid the Sunshine

On some days, it may be best to avoid the sunshine completely. For the sake of your eyes and skin, stay inside or in the shade on particularly hot days—especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm, when the sun is at its most intense.

West Hills Hospital is proud to look after the wellbeing of West Hills residents. We offer everything from emergency services for serious burns to cancer care for victims of skin cancer. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4000 to find the right doctor for your needs.

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