UV Safety & Ways To Protect Your Skin

August 19, 2023

July is UV Safety Awareness Month.  Why not “cover” some ways to protect your skin from sun damage?  Spending time outside is a great way to reduce stress, stay active, and get vitamin D.  It is also important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.  Here we share some ways to do just that.

Protecting your skin from sun damage is crucial for maintaining its health and minimizing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer.


Before heading outdoors, ensure you apply a generous layer of broad-spectrum sunscreen that effectively filters out both UVA and UVB rays. Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to maximize protection. It’s important to cover all exposed areas of your skin thoroughly. Seek assistance for those hard-to-reach spots, such as your back. Additionally, bear in mind that sunscreen is most effective when used in conjunction with other sun protection measures. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if swimming or sweating.

Seek Shade

Limit your time in direct sunlight, especially during peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm Try to seek shade under trees, umbrellas, or structures to reduce exposure to harmful UV rays.

Wear Protective Clothing

Cover your skin with lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats. Opt for tightly woven fabrics that offer better protection against UV radiation. Consider clothing with built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) for added defense.

Use Sunglasses

Protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them by wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.  Look for sunglasses labeled with 100% UV protection or UV400.

Be Mindful of Reflective Surfaces

Remember that water, sand, snow, and concrete can reflect and intensify UV rays, increasing your exposure.  Take extra precautions when near these surfaces and ensure proper sun protection.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation that can damage your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.  Opt for self-tanning products if you desire a bronzed look.

Stay Hydrated

It is always important to stay hydrated.  It is especially important if you are outdoors for a long period of time. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and help it stay healthy and resilient in the sun.

Practice Regular Skin Checks

Perform self-examinations of your skin to identify any changes or abnormalities. Consult a dermatologist for annual professional skin screenings.

Remember, sun protection should be a daily habit, regardless of the weather or the season. By incorporating these preventative measures into your routine, you can effectively minimize the damaging effects of the sun and maintain the health and beauty of your skin for years to come.

Taking care of your skin and your overall health should always be a top priority.  Here at GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch, we are here to help all women prioritize their health and well-being.  Schedule your appointment today.