How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

It's never too early in the season to start shielding your skin against damaging UVA/UVB rays.

How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

It’s never too early in the season to start shielding your skin against damaging UVA/UVB rays.

-Cosmetic Dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, JD

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Protecting your skin from the sun is more serious than avoiding sunburn. Unprotected sun exposure can result in wrinkles, premature aging and in a worst case scenario–skin cancer. It is so important to protect your skin correctly that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has proposed new rules that would require sunscreen labels to indicate how well a given product protects users against UVA rays.

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Here are some tips on how to enjoy the sun, but to avoid damage from its dangerous rays:

1. Make sure sunscreen has both UVB and UVA protection. Not all do. The SPF is a measurement of UVB protection (SPF should be at least 15). SPF does not measure UVA protection. Both UVA and UVB cause skin cancer and wrinkles. The sunscreen must say “UVA protection provided.”

One to try:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Face ($25.90, soap.com)

la roche posay

2. The worst hours to be on the beach are between 11 am -3 pm.

3. Tee shirts do not protect from ultraviolet damage. Hats do offer some protection from the sun, but never from UVA/UVB rays.

One to try:

Echo Design raw edge floppy hat ($38, echodesign.com)

echo hat

4. Windows (and sunglasses) do protect from UVB-they do not block UVA. There are a few brands of sunglasses that do protect against UVA/UVB.

One to try:

Polarized Miss Conduct Squared ($220, oakley.com)

oakley polarized miss conduct squared

David J. Goldberg, MD, JD, a cosmetic dermatologist based in New Jersey, New York and Florida, is one of the industry’s most widely regarded figures. He is the founder and director of his successful practice, Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey; a leader in the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the International Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), the American College of Mohs Surgery and the Dermatological Society of New Jersey, among others; a law professor at Fordham University in New York; and a physician who has garnered a host of accolades, including being the recipient of the ASLMS’s first Leon Goldman Memorial Award, which recognizes contributions in clinical laser research, laser patient care and medical laser education.

Dr. Goldberg has published over 125 academic papers and has contributed to over 10 academic textbooks. He has authored textbooks on laser dermatology, laser hair removal, laser facial rejuvenation, photo damaged skin and skin wrinkle fillers. He has also co-authored two books for the general public: Light Years Younger and Secrets of Great Skin. To learn more about his practices, visit his site.


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