Personal Therapy for Sun Damage Repair
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Personal Therapy for Sun Damage Repair

Each year in the United States, about a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the Food and Drug administration. There are a plethora of products that can be used to prevent and treat sun damage.

Sun damage is probably the most overlooked seasonal hazard that goes without attention on a recurring basis.

Each year in the United States, about a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the Food and Drug administration. There are a plethora of products that can be used to prevent and treat sun damage.

Here are ten tips to prevent you from getting burned by the sun.

10. If you wear glasses, get UV protection. While most glass prevents the passage of UV, or ultraviolet radiation, extra protection for your eyes is very important. As my optometrist, Dr. Kaku of Orange County put it, UV protection on glasses is like providing sunscreen for your eyes.

9. If possible, run your errands, and do your outdoor activities before 10:00 AM, or after 4:00 PM. These hours are the most hazardous for sun damage in the continental United States.

8. UV rays reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow. Avoiding these elements can help reduce reflection, and minimize the effects of reflected light.

7. Wear clothing to protect exposed skin. It may sound counter intuitive to add layers during the hottest parts of the year, but if you are going to be outside for extended hours, adding layers of clothing helps protect the skin. This is one reason why agricultural workers are often clothed in long sleeves and flannel materials to keep them cool, and still protected.

6. Baseball and summer is an American tandem that everyone should take in. When visiting the ballpark or other outdoor attractions, make note of the sun’s position in the sky, and plan accordingly. Usually box office workers can advise you on the shadiest seats in the park to enjoy the game from the shade. Even in 70 degree temperatures of San Francisco, I have experienced sun burns from a 3 hour game in the sun.

5. If you are going to be outdoors, wear a hat with a wide bill or brim. This will help shade the face, head, ears, and neck.

4. Wear sunglasses when possible that expressly block UVA and UVB light to as close to 100% as possible.

3. Seek shady spots, especially during midday hours.

2. If you can not escape excessive sun, seek out sun shelters in your neighborhood through your city’s website, or find a cooling shelter. Make sure elderly relatives are comfortable and safe.

1. Wearing sunscreen is your best bet to protect your skin. Aim for at least SPF 15, and both UVA and UVB protection. Your skin is a living organ; protect it, so it can protect you.

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