6 Surprising Tips to Prevent Sun Damage

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Although I'm a dermatologist, I’m also recognized for experience in detecting and treating skin cancer.
For over 20 years, I’ve completed extensive skin cancer research, including a number of clinical studies. I’m also a board member for the Skin Cancer Foundation and a collaborating member of the American Cancer Society.  What does this all mean? I’m serious about sun protection and prevention. I cannot stress this enough to my patients. Here I’ve listed six quick tips that will help you stay smart, shelter your skin and think twice when lounging pool side.

1. Improve Your Technique
Temples, hairline, and ears are the main areas of the face forgotten. Apply sunscreen to the corners of the entire face. Poor application technique can lead to skin cancer and pre-cancers occurring in those areas.

2. Sunglasses Can Prevent Crow’s Feet
Wear sunglasses that completely cover the eye, preventing you from squinting. This, plus sunscreen, work best to prevent wrinkles in this tell-all area of the face.

3. Pucker Up
It’s important to always apply sunscreen on the lips, since the lips have no ability to tan. Daily application of SPF 15 or higher aides in prevention of skin cancer on the lips.

4. The Greatest Anti-Ager Is Sunscreen
Rain or shine, sunscreen should be applied 365 days a year. The key is finding a sunscreen that is easy to use and a texture you love. If you don’t like how it feels, you won't want to use it. It's a misconception that all sunscreens clog pores and leave a sticky residue.

5. Avoid Pink, Even Before Red
Skin pinkness is actually the early signs of a little burn. Skin that is chronically pinkened by the sun may also be undergoing a mutation to its DNA, which is associated with all types of skin cancers.

6. Layer It On Before Make-Up.
It's not necessary to use a different formula for the face and body. Sun protection should be applied before any other product (except a liquid: remember to always apply thinnest to thickest products). Its defensive ingredients need to cling directly to skin in order to be most effective.

I can’t express the importance of it being sun smart, not only as an anti-aging measure but also as a healthy lifestyle decision.
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New York Dermatologist