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Protecting Your Skin From Sun Damage

Woman applying suncream at the beach


It’s that time of year when we find ourselves outdoors more and more. We might be weeding the flower bed, watching a baseball game, or just relaxing on the deck. For some fair-skinned people, just fifteen minutes in the sun without protection is enough to damage your skin and cause you to burn. The harsh reality is tanned skin is damaged skin. So how can we enjoy our favorite outside activities without torturing our skin? There are some simple steps you can take to protect your skin and youthful glow, and avoid sun damage.

  • Avoid peak hours: Try to avoid being outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Cover up: Shelter your skin from the sun by wearing a hat to shield your face, and consider longer sleeves to protect your arms. If you have trouble remembering to apply sunscreen, consider purchasing clothing with SPF and UV protection.
  • Apply sunscreen: To prevent sunburn, put on sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you are going to be out in the sun. Then reapply every two hours.  Sunscreen fights ultraviolet radiation in the form of UVA and UVB rays. It’s important to purchase sunscreen that protects against both because UVA is thought to cause wrinkles, spots, and skin aging, and UVB is mostly to blame for sunburn and skin cancer. For best protection, sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours and after you sweat or swim.
  • Don’t forget: Sunscreen needs to be applied year round, regardless of the weather or season. Also, don’t forget body parts that receive a lot of sun exposure, like hands, feet, ears and scalp. To protect your hands while driving, consider keeping a small bottle of sunscreen in your car and apply as soon as you get in.
  • Choose wisely: Not all sunscreen is created equal. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you use sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher that says “broad-spectrum” on the label (which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays) and is water-resistant. Also, for women that wear foundation or tinted moisturizers, choose products that contain sunscreen.
  • Consider a skin-saving supplement: Polypodium leucotomos extract comes from a tropical plant in Central and South America. It has long been used by Native Americans for the treatment of anti-inflammatory disorders and skin diseases. It’s being studied for its prevention of skin aging, and is particularly promising as a sunscreen in a pill form. Studies also suggest that Polypodium leucotomos can reduce sunburn severity and may also help with skin aging and skin cancer prevention. This supplement, Polypodium Leucotomos, is now available from As a dietary supplement, extracts have been used for in Europe and Central and South America for the last 30 years, and scientists continue to discover newfound benefits of this product.

If you are guilty of not protecting your skin in the past, take action now. Invest in sunscreen that meets the American Academy of Dermatology recommendations, use the sunscreen daily, and don’t forget places that often are forgotten like your hands and scalp. If applying sunscreen is a habit that’s going to take awhile to make a routine, or if you just want extra protection, try a supplement like Polypodium Leucotomos. Start taking it daily to protect your skin from here on out. Nothing could be simpler and provide more positive skin benefits. The true way to get a healthy, youthful glow is by protecting your skin from sun damage.