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Published on June 14, 2017

Shielding your skin from the sun

Brad Ecklor, PA

Brad Ecklor, PA

With longer days and warm temperatures, it is important to protect your skin from the sun.

"Protecting yourself from the sun is a year round commitment. The rays that cause premature aging, wrinkling and skin cancer, which are UVA rays, are intense throughout the year," explains Brad Ecklor, PA.

There are several steps you should take to protect your skin. "Applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will help give you good protection. If you are planning to be outdoors during daytime hours, it is a good idea to apply sunscreen to the face, ears, neck, upper and lower legs (if exposed), arms, hands and feet in the morning before getting dressed," says Brad. "If you are going to be outside for more than two consecutive hours or are perspiring heavily, you should reapply sunscreen."

Brad says wearing protective clothing is also important. "Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs and a wide-brimmed hat that provides shade for your head, face, ears and neck," he says. "Seeking shade and limiting sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is most intense, are also good lines of defense."

For more information contact one of our Gundersen Boscobel clinics: Boscobel, Fennimore or Muscoda.

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