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Protect skin from the summer sun
July 9, 2017, 1:18 pm

Many people tend to tan their skin to achieve that perfect bronze, sun-kissed look, but experts strongly warn against tanning of any kind. They point out that there is no such thing as a healthy tan and that any tanning on the body is a sign of skin damage.

Sunlight contains ultraviolet rays that trigger changes or mutations in the DNA of skin cells. Most of the time the body's immune system tracks down these mutations and repairs them, but occasionally the damage is missed and skin cancer takes hold. The more sun you are exposed to, the greater your risk.

To protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays you should follow these simple yet effective measures.

Wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when venturing out into the sun. At the pool or beach, wear a swim shirt or rash guard that is rated for sun protection. Limit your time outdoors when the sun is directly overhead and its rays are strongest, between 10am and 2pm. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen, which blocks out UVA and UVB rays, both of which can damage skin.

Dermatologists recommend the usage of a sunscreen lotion with a rating of SPF 50 that should be liberally applied to the face, ears, neck, hands, legs and any exposed skin 15 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming, since even water-resistant sunscreens wash off after some tie in the water.


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