The Importance of Sun Protection for Skin Health in Arizona

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Arizona is known for its sunny climate, with an average of 299 sunny days yearly. While this makes it an ideal location for outdoor activities, it also increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancer due to prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Therefore, taking appropriate measures to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is essential, especially in Arizona.

Why Sun Protection is Important

Exposure to UV radiation is the primary cause of skin cancer. Sunburns, premature aging, and eye damage are also linked to exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

Sun protection is essential to prevent skin damage and reduce your risk of skin cancer. By taking the appropriate steps to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, you can enjoy the outdoors while protecting your skin’s health and appearance.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

There are several ways to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays in Arizona. Here are some tips for adequate sun protection:

Wear Protective Clothing

UV rays can be mitigated by clothing. Your level of protection is impacted by the tightness of the fabric’s weave, weight, kind of fiber, and even color. Find a fabric with a tighter weave for better protection. Darker hues typically do a better job of obstructing the sun.

Less protection is provided by cloth as it ages and stretches so make sure your clothes are thin or worn out. Fabric can also lose 50% of its protective properties when it becomes wet.

Use Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is another crucial step in sun protection. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it generously to all exposed skin.

Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Seek Shade

You’ll also want to stay in the shade whenever possible, especially during peak sun hours from 10 am to 4 pm. Seek shade under trees, umbrellas, or other shelters to reduce exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.

Wear Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses can help protect your eyes from UV radiation and can be vital for your eye health. Look for sunglasses with 100% UV protection and wear them whenever you are outside during the day.

When to See a Dermatologist

If you notice any changes in your skin’s appearance, such as new moles, growths, or changes in existing moles or freckles, see a dermatologist as soon as possible. A dermatologist can provide a complete skin examination and recommend appropriate treatment.

Schedule A Consultation

Sunrise Dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating skin conditions, including skin cancer. Dr. Killpack and our experienced team can provide a complete skin examination and recommend appropriate treatment to protect your skin’s health and appearance.

Schedule a consultation today by calling our Show Low, Safford, or Mesa AZ office or use our online scheduling form.

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