10 Tips to Glow this Summer without Exposing Your Skin to Sun Damage

Jul 1, 2014


Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, dermatologist and director of the Skin and Laser Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, says there is no such thing as a safe tan, any tan is a result of DNA damage.

Dr. Gmyrek recommends the following guidelines to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun:

  • Use sunscreen labeled SPF30 or higher and that is labeled Broad Spectrum
  • Apply sunscreen generously to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and after swimming or sweating
  • SPF–rated clothing offers protection from the sun and the freedom of not having to reapply sunscreen in the covered areas
  • Reapply sunscreen every two to four hours
  • Just one blistering sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer
  • Use sunscreen labeled "broad spectrum" that has both UVA– and UVB–absorbing/blocking ingredients
  • Seek the shade, wear hats and sunglasses, and use umbrellas when appropriate
  • Use tanning creams instead of tanning beds to get a safe summer glow
  • Most sun damage occurs in the teenage years
  • Developing freckles may be a sign of sustained sun damage. They generally develop in sun–exposed areas such as the face, chest and arms

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