Staying Sun Smart: Protect Your Skin for the Sake of Your Health

Summer is here and everyone in Florida knows what that means – beautiful, sunny days are here again! Summer in the Sunshine State is famous throughout the world for its warm days and plentiful tanning opportunities, and it really is a joy to be out in the fine weather.

However, as most people are aware, the sun should always be taken seriously. Sunburn can be more than a simple case of looking a bit red. If it’s really severe, it can even be life-threatening. Here’s some tips to help you stay safe this summer.

Sun-Protection Tips

When it comes to the sun’s UV rays, it’s always a good idea to take precautions. Skin cancer still remains the US’s most prevalent form of cancer, and melanomas claim thousands of lives each year. Here’s the key advice you need to follow when in the sun.

1) Sunscreen protection. Whenever you’re out on a sunny day, put on your sunscreen. You’ll need to make sure that it’s a high SPF to ensure that you stay as well protected as possible. This is especially true if you have pale or freckly skin.

2) Cover up. Covering your skin needn’t be about wearing thick woolen clothing in hot temperatures. Invest in some light linen tops and trousers or thin cotton garments. Both will keep you cool while protecting you from the sun.

3) Avoid the midday sun. Venturing outside in the full sun between the hours of 11am to 3pm is never a good idea. If you must be out at this time, stick to the shade wherever possible or buy a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.

4) Be vigilant. Keep a close eye on your skin. If it starts to go red, go inside as soon as you can. Redness is your body’s way of telling you that it’s being damaged and it’s important not to ignore these important signals.

Treating Existing Skin Damage

If your skin is already extensively damaged by the sun, there are a variety of non-surgical procedures you can use to help improve its appearance. Chemical peels are a wonderful way of freshening your skin and removing old, aging dermal layers. There are also lightening treatments to reduce the appearance of age spots.

If you’d like to find out more about these treatments, speak to the team at Red Bamboo Medi-Spa today by calling 727 726 6100.