Protecting your skin from the sun is more serious than avoiding a sunburn.
Unprotected sun exposure can result in wrinkles, aging skin and in the worse case – skin cancer. It is so important to protect your skin correctly that the Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules that would require sunscreen labels to indicate how well a given product protects users against UV-A.
In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month in May, Cosmetic Dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, JD shares some tips on how to enjoy the sun, but to avoid damage from its dangerous rays:
1. Make sure sunscreen has both UVB and UVA protection. Not all do. The SPF is a measurement of UVB protection (SPF should be at least 15). SPF does not measure UVA protection. Both UVA and UVB cause skin cancer and wrinkles. The sunscreen must say "UVA protection provided."
2. The worst hours to be on the beach are between 11 am -3 pm.
3. Tee shirts do not protect from ultraviolet damage.
4. Windows (and sunglasses) do protect from UVB - they do not block UVA.
Dr. Goldberg is available for interviews regarding protecting skin from the sun and repairing sun damage.