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UV exposure is greatest during Daylight Savings Time, particularly between the hours for 10 AM and 4PM. Although sun safety should be practiced year-round, it is especially important during the spring and summer months. Luckily, Collins has a few tips to keep you protected from the sun’s harmful rays:
  1. Wear Sunscreen – Although this seems like a given, we cannot stress it enough! It’s vital to apply and reapply SPF 30 (or higher) every day. EltaMD is a skin and sun care brand the team at Collins can stand behind. Choose EltaMD’s clear formula sunscreen for sensitive skin or tinted formula for added coverage. This broad-spectrum sunscreen is formulated with transparent zinc oxide and is fragrance free, paraben-free, noncomedogenic and sensitivity-free.
  2. Wear Sun Protective Clothing – Look for clothing and hats with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) defense, as well as sunglasses with UV eye protection. At Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute, we offer a great selection of stylish sunhats with UPF protection to pair with your favorite sunscreen for total sun protection.
  3. Avoid Indoor Tanning – This should be a cardinal rule for all! Indoor tanning before the age 35 increases the risk for melanoma dramatically. If you’re looking for a sun kissed glow, find a UV-free alternative such as Fake Bake sunless tanner. Fake Bake is paraben-free with no preservatives and can be purchased in-office on your next visit.
  4. Stay in the Shade – Whether you’re at Zilker Park for the afternoon or South Padre for spring break, stay cool and comfortable in the Texas heat under your umbrella or a nearby tree.
  5. Monitor the Daily UV Index – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have developed the UV Index scale from 0 being the most minimal level of exposure to 10+ being the highest. Before you leave home in the morning, check your local weather for the UV Index and be sure to have a plan for higher index days. To avoid exposure on these higher level days, keep activities inside. If you do have to be outdoors, make sure to have sun protection on hand
In addition to these great tips, be sure to get regular skin checks and keep an eye on any changes in moles or beauty marks. As always, our team of providers is here to answer your questions! We look forward to hearing from you.   Source: AmericanSkin.org