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Importance of sunscreen use during summer

TDT | Manama     

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As summer approaches and beach outings become more frequent, it’s vital to prioritize the protection of our skin against the sun’s harmful rays.

With the increased exposure to sunlight, the risk of sunburn rises significantly. Sunburn, characterized by red, painful, and damaged skin resulting from prolonged sun exposure, can lead to discomfort and long-term skin damage.

Hence, incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine is essential. Sunscreen serves as a protective shield, creating a barrier against both UVA and UVB rays.

These rays are known culprits in causing premature aging and escalating the risk of skin cancer. Utilizing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is crucial in effectively blocking out these harmful rays, thereby reducing the likelihood of sunburn and skin damage.

To ensure optimal protection, here are some key tips for applying sunscreen correctly:

1. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

2. Choose a waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen for extended outdoor activities.

3. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas of the skin, including the ears, lips, back of the neck, and tops of the feet.

4. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow for proper absorption.

5. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if swimming, exercising, or sweating profusely.

In addition to sunscreen, it’s important to adopt other sun safety measures:

• Seek shade during peak sun hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

• Wear protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats, lightweight long-sleeved shirts, and sunglasses with UV protection.

• Avoid the use of indoor tanning beds, as they emit harmful UV radiation that can damage the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer.


Dr. Aysha Salah Ahmed Saleh Almedfaa, Specialist Dermatologist, Middle East Hospital