Protect your skin from sun damage

Protect your skin from sun damage

Outdoor summer activities in San Antonio feel nearly boundless, with options including the Russell Equestrian Center, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, the Missions National Historical Park and The Riverwalk, just to name a few. No matter what your favorite summer activities may be, there’s likely a way to get your fix in or around San Antonio. Just be sure to take advantage of San Antonio’s summertime offerings soon as summer always seems to just fly by.

Along with increased outdoor activity comes the need to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. While sunshine can do great things to improve your mood and provide you with Vitamin D, it’s important to exercise caution in order to avoid repercussions of sun exposure, including the immediate effect of a painful sunburn and long-term effects like premature aging and skin cancer.

How do you protect your skin from sun damage? Check out these tips below:

Cover yourself up. Protect your skin from the sun by wearing tightly woven fabrics that can guard your skin from the sun’s rays. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that will help prevent sunburns on your face and neck, as well as shade your eyes from overly bright sunshine.

Use sunscreen. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen you use contain at least one of the following active ingredients: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone or zinc oxide. And remember to follow this motto: Reapply, reapply, reapply. Especially if you’re swimming or sweating, it’s important to keep reapplying sunscreen in order to maximize its effectiveness.

Take breaks. Take a rest from the sun in the shade from time to time.

Learn more about types of ultraviolet rays from the sun and how they can affect your skin with Angie's List's sunburn-preventing Fun in the Sun infographic.

Even if you do adhere to these preventive measures, it’s still possible to suffer from sun damage. In the case that you do notice abnormal moles or other skin irregularities, be sure to visit a San Antonio dermatologist.

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