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Enjoy Your Time in the Sun

July 6th, 2016-Now that summer is in full-swing, many of us are engaging in more sun-filled activities. Use these helpful tips to safely enjoy this season in the sun. Your skin will thank you.

Avoid 10 to 4

For years, health experts and meteorologists alike have warned, “Stay indoors during the heat of the day.” Adam D. Wray, DO, of Bingham Memorial Dermatology agrees. “Avoid the peak hours of the sun. Its rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to schedule indoor activities around those times,” he says.

Slather On the Sunscreen

Generously apply sunscreen about 20 to 30 minutes before going outside. “And don’t forget your ears, scalp, back of neck, and the tops of your feet. I have seen some of the worse burns there,” Dr. Wray says. Because the sun emits two types of harmful rays-UVA and UVB-your sunscreen should provide “broad-spectrum” protection against both. Dr. Wray highly recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater with the physical UV blockers zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.” Reapply every 2 hours, and every 45 minutes if you’re swimming.

Wear Hats

Head out with a hat that protects your face, neck and ears. Choose one with a wide brim at least 3 to 4 inches around for suitable coverage. The bucket and wide-brimmed farmer’s hats, in a lightweight straw or cotton twill, are two classic, stylish choices.

Play Movie Star

Forget paparazzi cameras; you have a better reason to shield your eyes. “The eye area is incredibly vulnerable,” Dr. Wray says. “Prolonged sun exposure can damage your eyes and increase your risk of developing eye disease.” He recommends sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

Medications

Julia also advises knowing what medications you’re taking and their side effects. “Some can make you really sensitive to the sun and cause burns.”

Though each of these tips are important, doing just one thing won’t adequately protect you against the extensive sun exposure during the summer months. Remember, reapplying sunscreen is often the most neglected step in the sun-safety regimen. Wear the hat, the clothing, the sunglasses, and the sunscreen. They’re all essential…for everyone.

Bingham Memorial Dermatology Adam D. Wray, DO, and Julia McGee, PA-C can both provide full skin exams, check your skin for trouble spots, and teach you how to watch for warning signs. To schedule a consultation, please call (208) 233-4455 in Pocatello or (208) 782-2930 in Blackfoot.

“Your skin will thank you for using these safety tips while enjoying your time in the sun.”