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Sun Protection Tips from Dr. Huether

Make sun protection part of your everyday routine.  Think “toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen”.

Utilize physical blockers (shirts, pants, sunglasses, broad-brimmed hats) as much as possible, then use sunscreen for areas you are unable to cover.

Practice “sun sense” by avoiding outdoor activities during the most sun-intense times of day 9 am – 4 pm and seek shade whenever possible.

Use a sunblock with SPF 30 or higher daily.  Look for one that blocks both UVA and UVB (both damaging types of ultraviolet rays).

Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside since there is a lag time between application and effectiveness.

Use plenty of sunscreen!   Most people apply less than half the amount needed in order to get the SPF listed on the bottle.

Reapply every 2 hours while outside; don’t forget to apply sun block to ears, the neck and legs.  Lips should be covered with sun protective lip balm with SPF 30 or higher.

Sun protection helps minimize skin cancer risk, but also helps minimize wrinkling, freckling, dilated blood vessel formation, and leathery changes to the skin.

Don’t forget that you can get too much sun even on overcast days and in the winter.  There is no such thing as a healthy tan.

See your dermatologist if you notice any change in color, shape or size in a pre-existing mole, or if you develop any new skin growths.  Don’t wait until they bleed, itch or scab.