Tips to Protect Your Skin from the Sun’s Damaging Rays

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If you enjoy spending time outdoors but don’t protect your skin from the sun, you could end up with signs of premature aging and even develop skin cancer over time.

How Can I Protect My Skin from the Sun Naturally?

Protecting your skin from the sun naturally involves avoiding the sun’s harmful UV rays in several ways, including the following:
Avoiding the midday sun: If possible, stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wearing a hat: Wear a hat that has a brim at least 3 inches wide all around to protect your face from the sun.
Wearing protective clothing: Cover as much skin as possible with tightly woven fabrics and long-sleeved shirts and pants. Consider buying special clothing that provides UPF (ultraviolet protection factor).

How Can I Protect My Skin from the Sun Without Sunscreen?

You can protect your skin from the sun by avoiding its exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can also use protective clothing such as long-sleeved pants and shirts as well as hats to help shield your skin from the sun without sunscreen.

Do You Tan Better with or without Sunscreen?

You can still get tan while you’re wearing sunscreen, but how quickly this happens depends on your type of skin as well as the SPF of the sunscreen you use. Sunscreen can make you less likely to burn, but you can still sometimes tan if you wear it. If you skip the sunscreen, you’re more likely to burn.

What Form of UV Radiation Leads to Skin Cancer?

UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can both cause skin cancer. UVB rays have more energy and are believed to cause most skin cancers.

How Long Can You Stay in the Sun Without Sunscreen?

You can stay in the sun for up to 20 minutes a day without wearing sunscreen.

What Time of Day is it Safe to Not Wear Sunscreen?

Sunscreen is recommended anytime the sun is out.

Can You Get Sunburned After 5 p.m.?

Although you’re less likely to get a sunburn after 5 p.m., it can still happen, especially if you have fair skin.

How Can I Tan Without Damaging My Skin?

If you tan by exposing your skin to the sun or by using a tanning bed, your skin has suffered damage. If you’d like to tan safely while also protecting your skin, self-tanning products can help you achieve the look you want.

Does Coconut Oil Protect Skin from the Sun?

Coconut oil isn’t an effective way to protect your skin from the sun since it blocks only about 20% of the sun’s damaging rays. In contrast, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher blocks about 97% of these rays.

To learn more about how to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays and to help reverse the appearance of sun-related damage, make an appointment today with Rendon Center for Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine in Boca Raton, FL. Our highly trained and experienced skin care doctors can recommend tips and treatments to help your skin look its best.

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