Dermatologists share tips to keep your skin safe during the summer

Health

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Summer has officially started, and while many will be enjoying some fun in the sun, it’s important to take steps to keep you and your family safe.

According to dermatologists, the skin is the body’s largest organ, which is why they share the following tips to keep the skin safe while in the sun:

  • Seek shade while outside
  • Avoid midday sun (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Wear photoprotective clothing, such as long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats
  • Wear sunscreen

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using 30 SPF daily. Experts say it doesn’t matter what form of sunscreen it is — whether it comes in a spray, stick, or cream — the most important thing is proper application.

For adults and children, you need to apply one to two ounces of sunscreen on your entire body and reapply it at least every two hours, especially after sweating or swimming.

“Sunscreen is FDA approved for individuals above the age six months. Children are very susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun,” said dermatologist Dr. Mariana Phillips with Carilion Clinic. “In fact, the majority of the sun that causes skin cancer in an individual life comes in the 20 years of their life.”

Dr. Phillips says when it comes to applying sunscreen on infants, it’s important to talk to your doctor first.

In addition, make sure to wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day because ultraviolet light penetrates through the clouds.

For more information on how to stay safe in the sun, click here.

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