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Maximum Skin Protection

For Maximum Sun Protection

Protecting the skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is important for everyone, and will help you to avoid premature aging and skin cancers. UV rays can penetrate car window glass and cause damage even with only a few minutes’ exposure, so we recommend using sunscreen every day. It is not difficult to protect the skin from the sun:

General Tips

  • Seek shade when possible
  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 AM and 4 PM
  • Wear protective clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat with at least a 4-inch brim that protects the nose and tops of the ears, when outdoors
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Avoid reflective surfaces such as sand, water, and snow
  • Use laundry products that can be added to detergent to increase UV protection in clothing such as SunGuard
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses to avoid sun damage to the eyes
  • Use sun protection on lips and eyelids

Choosing a Sunscreen

  • Use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB light rays, such as Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch with Helioplex® (SPF 100+) or Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock (SPF 90+; non-comedogenic)
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Use it liberally and use it every day
  • Reapply every 2-3 hours, especially if you get wet, sweaty, or if you have prolonged sun exposure
  • Look for a product with the physical blockers titanium dioxide or zinc oxide—these do the best job of blocking all of the UV rays and do not cause allergies
  • If you use a daily moisturizer with SPF 15, you also need to apply a higher SPF sunscreen when outdoors

Vitamin D

  • Your body normally makes some Vitamin D through sun exposure, although the amount varies greatly and we do not recommend obtaining Vitamin D this way. Instead, take a supplement of 1000-2000 IU of Vitamin D daily. There are numerous potential health benefits of this vitamin, including lowering the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and breast cancer (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vitamins/).
  • Vitamin D from food and dietary supplements offers the same benefits — without the danger of skin cancer — as vitamin D obtained from UV light. Vitamin D cannot be used by the body until it is processed by the liver and the kidneys. The usable form of vitamin D created by this process is the same, regardless of how it enters the body (https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/vitamin-d-and-uv-exposure).

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