skin is exposed to more intense UV radiation than it would be at lower elevations. Sunscreen should be reapplied every two to three hours. Not Just Skin to Protect In addition to sunscreen on areas of exposed skin, sun protective measures should be undertaken for one’s lips and one’s eyes. A lip balm with sunscreen should be applied whenever heading outside. Just like our skin, our lips are vulnerable to UV radiation and may develop pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions. The regular use of polarized sunglasses can help protect the skin near our eyes from damaging UV radiation. Sunglasses also lower the risk of UV radiation-induced cataract development.
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More than Creams Sun protective clothing is an important adjunct in one’s armamentarium against sun-related skin damage. Wearing hats in the winter when outdoors not only maintains warmth, but also helps to shield from harmful UV damage. Hats that also cover one’s ears are best. In addition, sun avoidance is a helpful strategy. It is best to avoid overexposure to the sun between 10am and 2pm as UV radiation is most intense during these hours. Following these reminders for sun safety can be helpful throughout the year, regardless of the season or temperature, in mitigating one’s risk of developing sun-related skin cancers as well as sun-related photoaging. And always remember that any lesion that is new, changing or symptomatic (painful or bleeding) should be evaluated by your dermatologist for possible biopsy and further treatment. by E. Eugene Bain III, M.D. Board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained mohs micrographic surgeon, bain dermtology, P.A.
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