Fast Facts About Sun Exposure

With the warm weather upon us, everyone wants to be outside and bask in the sunshine. But don’t forget to protect yourself against the sun’s harsh rays. Check out these quick tips!

  • The sun is responsible for 80% of premature skin aging and is a known cause of skin cancer.
  • Using sunscreen will help protect against skin cancer and wrinkles.
  • 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate smog, mist, light clouds and fog.
  • The higher the SPF of your sunscreen the better. Most dermatologists recommend using SPF 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen even when you are under a beach umbrella. Rays reflecting off the sand and water can still burn you.
  • The sun can reflect also off snow and ice, so also apply to exposed skin before winter sports and other outdoor activities.
Fast Facts About Sun Exposure

About Thomas Rosenfeld, MD, Chief of Dermatology

Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld was always interested in science as a child, so it’s no surprise that he decided to go into medicine. Before his undergraduate years, he worked in a hospital emergency room to get an idea of what aspect of medicine interested him most. It was during his medical school education that he decided on dermatology. He was on morning rounds, in 3rd year, at the VCU hospital when a woman was being treated for blood...

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