Protecting your skin from UV damage is essential for maintaining its health and preventing premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, including UVA and UVB rays, which can penetrate the skin and cause damage at the cellular level. Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to minimize your risk of UV damage and keep your skin safe and healthy:

Apply sunscreen daily:

One of the most effective ways to protect your skin from UV damage is by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen from Obagi Abu Dhabi with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher every day, even on cloudy days and during the winter months. Choose a sunscreen that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and apply it generously to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and hands. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.

Seek shade:

When spending time outdoors, seek shade whenever possible, especially during peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shade provides an extra layer of protection against UV rays and helps to reduce your overall sun exposure. Bring along a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and lightweight clothing to further shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Wear protective clothing:

Clothing offers an additional barrier against UV damage, so opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and skirts made from tightly woven fabrics that provide UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) coverage. Darker colors and thicker fabrics offer better protection than light colors and thin materials. Don’t forget to protect your head, neck, and face with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Avoid tanning beds:

Tanning beds emit harmful UV radiation that can cause significant damage to your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Avoid using tanning beds altogether and opt for safer alternatives such as self-tanning lotions or sprays if you desire a bronzed glow. Remember that there is no such thing as a safe tan, and any change in your skin color due to sun exposure or tanning beds indicates skin damage.