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Sun Safety Tips for Sensitive Skin

Monday, May 23, 2016 9:02 AM

Memorial Day is often viewed as the unofficial kick off of summer. And it’s just around the corner! Usually celebrated with barbeques and parades, there is sunshine beaming down on the celebration. Even though everyone should be avoiding the sun, for some the sunshine is dreaded because of his or her sensitive skin. Ross Levy, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, shares some quick tips on how to protect against the sun:


  • Avoid high times. The sun’s highest and strongest times are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you can, stay inside during those hours as much as possible.
  • Wear long, lightweight clothing. Darker, dry clothes best protect against UV rays. Tightly woven material will help more than loose material. Sun protective clothing is the best option and can be purchased at most outdoor retailers or online.
  • Invest in hats. If you can, go with wide brimmed. This provides protection against the sun on your face, ears, neck and potentially your shoulders.
  • Hang out in the shade. The cool shade acts as another defense against the sun. Be aware that the sun’s rays still can get to you in the shade, so sunscreen is still advised.
  • Research your sunscreen. Use SPF 30 or higher and reapply often. If you experience allergic reactions to sunscreen, talk to your dermatologist about other protective options.
  • Not just a sun thing. Just because the sun isn’t out, doesn’t mean the UV rays aren’t. On hazy days and in wintertime, UV rays are still ever present – it’s important to wear SPF year-round.
  • Watch your medications. Some medications make your skin more susceptible to sunburn. Talk with your physician or dermatologist about what medications you are taking to see if there is this possibility of increased sun sensitivity.

How do you protect your skin against the sun?