Sun Safety

Sun safety is always in season, and it’s important to protect your skin from sun damage throughout the year, no matter the weather.  Exposure to the sun can cause sunburn, skin aging, eye damage, and skin cancer.  In fact, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. 

How Do I Protect My Skin From the Sun?

If you use common sense and take care to be sun smart, you can safely work and play outdoors without increasing skin cancer risk or premature aging. It’s never too late to start protecting your skin.
Here’s how to stay safe in the sun:
  • Generously apply a mineral based broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. A mineral based broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
  • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Protect children from sun exposure by playing in the shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying sunscreen.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
  • Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don’t seek the sun.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
  • Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a Alliant Dermatology practitioner. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

When Should I See a Dermatologist?

If you notice that a mole differs from another or a spot on your skin changes, itches, or bleeds (even if it is small), immediately make an appointment to see a Alliant Dermatology practitioner. These changes can be signs of skin cancer. With early detection and treatment, skin cancer has a high cure rate.  

Years of sun exposure also accelerate the signs of aging, such as freckles, sun spots, and wrinkles. If you dislike signs of aging that appear on your skin, you also may want to see a Alliant Dermatologist to learn about the different options to treat or help reduce the signs of aging skin.

Please call Alliant Dermatology at (352) 399-7295 for an appointment with one of our Dermatology providers.