Tips for Sun Protection this Summer

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While seeking a tan remains a popular aesthetic goal, balancing this desire with skin safety is essential. Arlington Dermatology would like to offer crucial tips for sun protection, highlighting essential practices to shield the skin from UV damage. By understanding the balance between achieving a desirable tan and maintaining skin health, individuals can make informed decisions to enjoy the sun safely.

Why It’s Important to Prevent Sun Damage

Preventing sun damage can significantly reduce short-term and long-term health risks posed by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays can cause immediate harm, such as sunburn, which results in pain and discomfort and signifies underlying cellular damage. Prolonged exposure increases the risk of premature aging.

More importantly, cumulative UV exposure is a major risk factor for skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. By taking proactive measures to protect the skin from UV rays, individuals can reduce the likelihood of these adverse effects, preserving both their skin’s appearance and overall health.

Tips for Sun Protection

Here at Arlington Dermatology, we believe in combining daily habits with medical-grade skincare products to give your skin the best protection possible. Here are some tips to incorporate into your routine:

Apply Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if swimming or sweating. 

Seek Shaded Areas

Stay in the shade during peak sun hours, which are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when UV rays are the strongest. 

Skin Examinations

Examine your skin on a monthly basis for any new or changing moles or spots, and consult our providers for routine skin evaluations.

Treatments When Sun Damage Occurs

Despite our best efforts, sometimes, sun damage occurs. Fortunately, here at Arlington Dermatology, we offer a variety of treatments, including the following:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

IPL therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to target and treat various signs of sun damage. IPL penetrates the skin and breaks down excess melanin and blood vessels that cause discoloration. The body then naturally removes these damaged tissues, resulting in a more even and rejuvenated skin tone. It is important to avoid prolonged sun exposure prior to and following IPL treatment for best results.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outermost layers to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This process reveals fresher, less damaged skin underneath and can significantly reduce the appearance of sunspots, fine lines, and rough textures. 


Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. This promotes the production of collagen and elastin, which helps improve the skin’s texture. Microneedling can be combined with serums or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance results.  

Seeking Sun Damage Repair? We’ve Got You Covered

Ultimately, prevention is always better than cure. We proudly cater to the wonderful community of Arlington, VA, prioritizing your skin health above all. Prevention is an important aspect of maintaining your health, especially when it comes to sun damage. Don’t wait until you start seeing spots or wrinkles; start protecting your skin from the sun today! Contact Arlington Dermatology to learn more about our products and treatments or to schedule a visit for your skin-related concerns.

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