Sunscreen Tips: Sun Safety for Summer in Miami, FL

Boating, paddle boarding, biking, walking or running along the shore and even simply spending time on our beautiful beaches, there’s plenty to do in the summer sun in Miami. Whether you are drawn outside for one of these activities, or you’re simply looking to soak in some extra Vitamin D, you’ll want to make sure to protect your skin and stay safe in the summer sun.

Our skin is particularly at risk for premature aging and even cancers, due to sun exposure. Dr. Bardisa and the skincare experts at Bardisa LYL Center, Inc, consistently strive to help our patients proactively fight the signs of aging, illness and disease. Please read on as our experts offer some sunscreen tips for a safe summer in the Miami sun.

Look for Broad-Spectrum Protection

Of course, you’ll want the sunscreen you choose to protect your skin from all of the sun’s harmful rays, not just some of them. Sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection shields your skin from the two types of harmful rays produced by the sun: ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA).

Ingredients that Offer Broad-Spectrum Protection

When looking for a sunscreen that will protect your skin from both UVB and UVA rays you’ll want to make sure it contains one or more of the below ingredients that offer broad-spectrum protection.

  • Avobenzone
  • Benzophenones
  • Cinnamates
  • Salicylates
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc oxide
  • Ecamsule

Why It’s Important to Protect Against Both UVB and UVA Rays

It was originally believed that UVB, or ultra-violet B, rays were the only harmful type of UV ray produced by the sun. UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and potentially skin cancer. The Sun Protection Factor or SPF in sunscreen protects your skin against UVB rays. However, it is now known that UVA rays can also be harmful and can cause changes to the skin that can lead to wrinkles and possibly skin cancer as well. Therefore, it’s very important to protect your skin in the Miami summer sun as fully as possible with broad-spectrum protection!

Choosing the Right SPF

While SPF is not the only factor to consider when choosing a sunscreen, it is still an important consideration. The American Cancer Society recommends choosing an SPF of 30 or higher. While higher SPF numbers do provide increased protection against UVB rays, the increase in protect is minimal above 30 SPF. For example, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 filters out approximately 97% of UVB rays while a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 has a UVB ray filtration rate of 98%.

Avoid Irritants for Sensitive Skin

It’s clearly important to seek out a sunscreen that adequately protects your skin in the Miami summer sun, but it’s equally important to make sure that your sunscreen is comfortable to wear and does not irritate your skin. If you have sensitive, some ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin that you may want to avoid include: PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), oxybenzone, the preservative methylisothiazolinone.

Stay Sun-Safe in Miami, FL and Visit Bardisa LYL Center, Inc for Skin Care

Applying and reapplying sunscreen properly is an important part of sun safety for summer in Miami but a full comprehensive skin care routine is also crucial to your overall skin health. Come visit us at Bardisa LYL Center, Inc to learn more about your skin’s specific needs and how our pharmaceutical-grade skin care can help you. Call us at 305-661-2002 or complete our online form to book your free consultation.