Important Tips for Proper Sun Protection

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Paul M. Graham, DO

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season and with that in mind, many of you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Follow these SIX  simple steps below to help maximize your sun protection and preserve your youthful appearance. Make sun protection your #1 priority this holiday weekend!

Not only does sun protection prevent sunburns, but also significantly reduces your risk for skin cancer development and slows down the process of environmental aging from damaging UV radiation.

  1. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or greater applied 30 minutes before sun exposure AND every 2 hours thereafter while outside
  2. Seek shade when possible
  3. Wide brim hats, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing are ideal 
  4. REMEMBER, a sunburn is ALREADY a sign of skin DNA damage and increases your risk of developing skin cancers
  5. Drink plenty of water to replenish the body water that was evaporated
  6. Enjoy the outdoors

For more information on sun protection, please check out our previous articles: SPF: What does it really mean?Beware Of A Base TanSunburn: What Can I Do?Anti-Aging Secrets: The Daily Skincare RoutineSun Protection: The Burning Truth

Published by Dr. Paul M. Graham

Paul M. Graham, D.O. (Founder/Editor-in-chief) founded Dimensional Dermatology in May 2016 with the vision to provide concise, easy to read, up-to-date dermatology and aesthetic medicine information to patients, medical staff, providers, and the general public. Dr. Graham is currently completing his training as a cosmetic dermatologic surgery fellow in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the McDaniel Laser and Cosmetic Center. He completed his dermatology training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and was a clinical instructor at Michigan State University. He received his B.S. degree as Summa Cum Laude at Old Dominion University, his D.O. degree as Cum Laude at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida as chief intern, and completed his dermatology residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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