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Sun Safety Tips

There’s nothing better than spending the rest of the summer lounging around, soaking in the sun’s rays sitting poolside or at the beach, but the harsh UV rays are no friend to your skin.
You won’t see the effects initially, but give it a few years, and you’ll notice wrinkles and age spots when it seems like you graduated high school only a few years ago.
Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the fibers in the skin called elastin, and when those fibers break down, the skin will start to sag and stretch, causing more bruises and tears.
Spending a lot of time in the sun, easily during the summer months can lead to freckles, rough texture, and discoloration.  
When most people think about sun safety, putting on sunblock is the extent of what is done to prevent sunburns.  Here are a few ways you can better protect your skin this summer.

Wear Protective Clothing

If possible, wear protective sun clothing.  While wearing extra clothing on a hot summer day is less than ideal, protective clothing isn’t like that at all.  Different clothing brands design clothes that offer ultraviolet protection, featuring a loose fit and light material to give you extra protection that won’t make you sweat!

Make Sunglasses Your Favorite Accessory

Sunglasses shield your eyes from UV rays that can cause eye problems.  You need to wear designer shades to protect your eyes. Just look for a pair that says it blocks at least 99% of UV rays.

Limit Your Time in the Sun During Peak Hours

The rays are at their peak between the times of 10am and 4pm.  To avoid excessive sunlight exposure, try to plan your outdoor activities either in the morning or later in the afternoon.  You can also find or create shade during the hours such as sitting under a tree at a park or bringing an umbrella to the beach.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds, tanning booths, and sunlamps expose you to intense UV radiation, which can increase your risk of skin damage and even skin cancer.  Avoid visiting tanning salons and opt for natural sunlight to give yourself some color, or a lotion that also serves as a bronzer.

Get To Know Your Skin

You can avoid sunburns and even early signs of skin cancer by understanding your skin and knowing what changes to look out for.  Monitor new skin markings such as moles, bumps, scaly or peeling areas, or skin discoloration.

Sunburn Treatment in West Orange, NJ

At AFC Urgent Care West Orange, we provide treatment for sunburns on a walk-in basis.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 973-669-5900.