Tips for staying safe in the sun

Everyone knows it’s impossible to keep active Minnesotans out of the sun. Yet sun exposure can cause wrinkles, sun spots and worst of all, skin cancer. Our dermatologists offer these helpful tips for keeping you and your family safe from the sun’s potentially harmful UV rays.

  • Keep sunscreen somewhere handy in your home, car or purse so it’s easy to remember.  Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher and one that carries the AAD or Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval.  Broad-spectrum protects skin against UVA and UVB light. 
  • Make sure you’re applying the proper amount of sunscreen, about a shot glass for the whole body, 15-20 minutes before you go outside.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours. Smartphone apps like nēvus have reminders that sound an alarm when it’s time to reapply.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen on your ears and the back of your arms and legs, especially if you’re a runner or golfer. These are areas where we often see signs of sun damage.
  • Many clothing lines like Coolibar offer sun-protective clothing and UV protection swimwear. A stylish hat with a wide brim is always a good idea.
  • Don’t believe the myth of the “base tan” as protection against the sun. If you’d like a healthy glow use a self-tanner. One of our favorites is Fake Bake but there are many options available.
  • Be most cautious when the sun is strongest, between 10 am and 4pm every day.
  • Schedule your annual skin check with a dermatologist now and watch for any changing moles and lesions on your body.

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