Shield Your Skin from the Sun During UV Safety Month
New York based Primary Care Physician, Dr. Marissa Ferrazzo-Weller of Highland Medical PC, shares tips on protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Nyack, N.Y. July 10, 2013 -- Beach days shouldn’t be the only times you think about protecting your skin. Whenever you are outside, harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can reach your skin. These rays not only can lead to skin cancer, but can also cause eye problems, age spots and wrinkles.
There are many ways to protect your skin against UV rays. The simplest, of course, is to stay out of the sun mid-morning until mid-afternoon, the peak burning hours. Keep in the shade, or wearing protective clothing, such as a hat with a broad brim, and UV-resistant sunglasses.
Before you go outside, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on all exposed skin. This type of sunscreen protects against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and reapply it at least every two hours—more if you are sweating or going in and out of the water.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should apply 1 ounce of sunscreen (about a shot glass full) each time. If you’re spending a full day at the beach, you should use one-quarter to one-half of an 8-ounce bottle.
Other tips for protecting your skin:
By following commonsense sun safety rules, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer, while helping your skin look younger for a longer time.
About Nyack Hospital
Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas.