Decalogue to enjoy the sun in a healthy way

This spring we are experiencing very high temperatures and already at the gates of summer does not seem to change, so we remind you a few keys to enjoy the sun and summer with caution and in a healthy way.

Dr. Virginia Sánchez warns that “It is necessary to differentiate between prudent exposure and excessive exposure. Common sense can provide guidance since the body usually warns when it has received too much ultraviolet radiation in the form of sunburn, spots or rashes. The most serious consequence of intense and prolonged exposure to the sun is skin cancer, especially melanoma.

The appropriate time of exposure to the sun depends on the skin phototype and the intensity of ultraviolet radiation at any given time.

Dr. Sánchez offers us a decalogue of recommendations for adequate sun protection:

– Use topical photoprotectors of good quality, with filters against ultraviolet A and B radiation and an SPF of 50+, especially in summer and especially if you have fair skin.

– Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure; initially use a cream or lotion sunscreen and reserve the gel, oil or spray for reapplications.

– Repeat the application every 2 hours or immediately if it has become wet.

– In addition to topical photoprotectors you can resort to oral presentations.

– If you resort to oral photoprotectors, you should start taking them 2 months before sun exposure and continue afterwards, mainly in the spring and summer months.

– They should be taken in the morning or 2 hours before exposure.

– Oral photoprotectors are very useful in people with fair skin or a history of skin cancer.

– Wear seasonally appropriate clothing that covers most of your skin.

– Choose category 3 or 4 sunglasses.

– Don’t forget your cap and hat and, whenever possible, enjoy the summer in the shade or under the umbrella.