As the winter months fade into a distant memory and morph into long summer days and nights, it can be tempting to spend every possible moment outdoors. Outdoor time, after what has likely been lots of time inside during the cooler winter and rainy spring months in Miami, is great for lifting your mood and getting active. However, the warm rays of the sun may lift your mood, but they can also cause damage to your skin.
The skin care experts at Bardisa Medical Center believe protecting your skin from sun damage through sunscreen use, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak times of day, is an essential part of the holistic, preventative approach to health care that they advocate. Read on to learn more about these tips for avoiding sun damaged skin in Miami this summer and more.
No matter the length of time you plan to spend outdoors, it is essential to protect your skin from both types of damaging rays that the sun produces (UVB and UVA). Even if you are just driving, damaging UVA rays can reach your skin through the windows of your car. The same holds true if it is a cloudy day, your skin still needs to be protected. The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that up to 80% of the sun’s damaging rays can still pass through the clouds. Chances are you will encounter damaging UV rays at some point in your day, so make sure you put your sunscreen on every morning!
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are particularly strong and damaging during the middle hours of the day. Even when wearing sunscreen it is best to avoid the summer sun in Miami when it’s the most potent, typically between the hours of 10a.m to 3p.m.
Maybe you are working outside in the yard and, even though you know you will be warm, you throw on some lightweight knit pants and a long-sleeved tee shirt thinking these articles of clothing will fully protect you from the sun. Unfortunately, despite thinking you are completely protected, the material these particular clothing items are made from may not shield you from the sun’s damaging UV rays as much as you may think.
An article of clothing’s UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, indicates how fully the sun’s rays can penetrate the fabric. The higher the UPF, the less UV rays the clothing lets in. Clothing with a higher density of fiber has a higher UPF and this is what you should look for to best protect your skin from sun damage.
Over a lifetime of sun exposure, particularly in Miami where it is sunny much of the year, or if you did not always wear sunscreen, your skin is likely to experience some level of sun damage. At Bardisa Medical Center we offer Pharmaceutical-Grade Skin Care and share exclusive skin care routines with our patients that can help target and improve the signs of damage. If you have experienced sun damage and would like to learn more, give us a call at 305-661-2002 or complete our online contact form.