woman wearing sunblockThese last few days of summer are intended for backyard barbecues, beach days, and sitting poolside. Lounging around all day in the sun though may potentially damage your skin from being exposed to the harsh UV rays.

While you won’t see the initial effects, after a few years of excessive sun exposure, you’ll notice a few more wrinkles and age spots that’ll make you wonder how time has flown so quickly!

Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the fibers in the skin known as elastin, and as those fibers start to break down, the skin will start to stretch and sag, leading to more bruises and tears.

Applying sunblock is the extent of what most people do to protect their skin from the potential damages of the UV rays, but here are a few other ways you can better protect your skin this summer!

Wear Protective Clothing

Long-sleeved shirts and pants seem less than ideal on a hot day, but protective clothing is designed to protect you against the UV rays.  Featuring a loose fit and light material, UV protective clothing is designed to give you that extra protection that won’t make you sweat!

Make Sunglasses Your Favorite Accessory

You don’t need to purchase designer shades to protect your eyes.  You can buy stylish sunglasses for a lower cost! Just look for a pair that says it blocks at least 99% of UV rays.

Limit Your Time in the Sun During Peak Hours

Avoid being outside between the times of 10am and 4pm, where the sun is at its peak.  If you’re engaging in outdoor activities, plan your day for either early in the morning or later in the afternoon.  Sitting under a tree at a park, or bringing an umbrella with you to the beach are great ways to create shade for being outdoors during peak sun hours.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Instead of subjecting your skin to the damages of UV radiation from tanning beds, tanning booths, and sunlamps, 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 detect early signs of skin cancer by understanding your skin and regularly checking for changes such as moles, bumps, scaly or peeling areas, or skin discoloration.

 

Sunburn Treatment in South Plainfield, NJ

At AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield, 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  908-222-3500.