Sun Safety

Monday, July 19, 2010

: A sunburn will fade, but damage to your skin remains a problem as you get older. Thats why sun-safe habits should begin in childhood and last a lifetime. Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Although the skin can sometimes repair itself, nothing can completely undo sun damage. Its never too late to begin protecting yourself from the sun.

Follow these tips to help prevent sun-related skin problems:

Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15 or greater 30 minutes before sun exposure and then every few hours thereafter

Select cosmetic products and contact lenses that offer UV protection

Wear sunglasses with total UV protection

Wear wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts and pants

Avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible during peak UV radiation hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Perform skin self-exams regularly to become familiar with existing growths and to notice any changes or new growths

Avoid tanning beds, and

Be a good role model and foster safe skin habits in your child. Eighty percent of a persons lifetime sun exposure is acquired before age 18.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.