With the long days of sunshine and warmer weather upon us, it’s kind of hard to want to stay indoors, but as you are soaking up the summer sun be sure to do it responsibly. The first burn of summer might seem like a common thing we’ve all experienced, but if you want to stop premature aging and fight skin cancer, it’s something we should all avoid. So the next time you are heading outdoors for a bit, keep these skin safety tips in mind:

Sunscreen is Key

Applying sunscreen is one of the most important parts of skin care, but you also want to make sure you are applying and reapplying correctly. For maximum protection, you want to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Most sunscreens just fight against UVB rays which are the primary cause of sunburn, but a broad-spectrum also fight UVA rays which contribute to premature aging and cancer. You also want to reapply every 2 hours and if you are in excessive heat or are swimming, reapply more often.

Cover Up When You Can

Though sunscreen is an important part of your sun safety routine, there are many other factors you need to consider. No sunscreen can completely protect you from the sun’s rays, so limiting your daily sun exposure is key. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is when the sun’s UV rays are the most damaging, so you’ll want to protect yourself. Sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat, or an umbrella are all great ways to enjoy the beach without a nasty burn. Either way, still utilize your sunscreen!

Avoid Tanning Beds

Is your schedule too busy to enjoy the beach but you want that summer glow? You might think that a tanning bed might be a quick and easy way to get that summer tan, but it can cause some serious long term damage. A tanning bed uses ultraviolet (UV) radiation just like the sun and can lead to premature aging and skin cancer, and if you’re under 35, it increases your chance for melanoma by 75 percent. So keep this in mind the next time you hit the tanning salon.

Anti-aging skin care is important if you want to look and feel your best. The professional aestheticians at NuWave Medical, PLLC can analyze your skin using our state-of-the-art Skin Scope Technology, and develop a custom skin care program for you. If you live on Long Island, call (631) 343-7144 today to schedule an appointment.