Healthy Living:  Sunscreen Tips

Healthy Living: Sunscreen Tips

Sunscreen keeps your skin safe from the sun and lowers the chance of getting pre-cancerous skin lesions, tumors, and melanoma.

Follow the suggestions below to keep you and your loved ones safe from the sun.

  1. Apply sunscreen around every TWO hours
    • Use sunscreens between SPF 15 to 150
    • Reapply more frequently after sweating or swimming
    • Remember to apply sunscreen on the lips and ears
  2. Wear loose clothing
    • Wear dark, tightly woven and loose clothing to limit the sun’s direct rays
  3. Limit sun exposure from noon to 4 p.m.
    • The sun’s rays are the strongest between these times, so nourish your skin to prepare
  4. Protect eyes and head
    • Since the eyes and head are more vulnerable to the sun, make sure to wear sunglasses and a hat when spending time outside
  5. Avoid sun tanning oil
    • Tanning oil does not protect the skin nearly as well as sunscreen because of its low SPF level
  6. Consume more omega-3 
    • Consuming more omega-3 can help the body better protect itself from skin damage and bolsters the body’s immune system while it’s in contact with the sun’s rays
  7. Decrease processed food consumption
    • Avoid eating foods with vegetable oil, soy oil, corn oil, and high-sugar content because it can compromise the skin’s quality
  8. Incorporate more antioxidant-rich foods into your diet
    • Antioxidant-rich foods include cherries, blackberries, kale, and spinach
    • Antioxidant-rich foods help protect cells from the sun
  9. Utilize a smart watch
    • A smart watch can notify you about the sun’s UV index
    • Set alarms to remind you when to reapply sunscreen to avoid sunburn

Sunlight exposure is vital for your body’s health, but it’s also important to protect your skin.

If you believe your skin has been damaged by the sun, call 888-452-IRMC (4762)  to schedule an appointment with IRMC Physician Group dermatologist, Dr. Yousuf Qureshi!

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