By THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD
Another long weekend is looming for the Coronation Day holiday, which runs from May 5 through Monday, May 9, Ploughing Day, though the latter is not an official bank holiday. For those of us who can also take May 6 as leave, it’s worth heading out of town for the sea, sand and sun. Spending a day of fun in the sun with friends or family is a perfect getaway for a long weekend. But unless you opt for adequate protection, your skin is at great risk of discoloration and premature ageing. Here are four easy tips to help prevent sun damage and also get your skin back on track.
l Choose the right protection
Wearing sunscreen is essential for your skin care and sun protection. You should use one with SPF 15 or greater. Make sure your sunscreen is water-resistant, preferably very water-resistant. Apply it generously and evenly to protect your face and body. I suggest putting a layer of sunscreen on your skin, waiting for five minutes, then applying a second layer all over again to get maximum protection. This should be done about 20 minutes before sun exposure in order to allow the sunscreen to absorb into the skin. And don’t forget to reapply it every two to four hours or after swimming.
l Add extra protection
Besides wearing sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat with at least a three–inch brim can also help cover your face and prevent sun damage.
l Be wise about time
Many of you already know that the hours between 10am and 4pm are the most hazardous for UV exposure. So choose to swim or take part in outdoor activity in the early morning or late in the afternoon and limit the time you spend in the midday sun when the UV rays are strongest and most capable of causing burns and damage.
l Search for shade
Sun damage is cumulative, so every minute spent out of dangerous rays will help your skin stay young looking and healthy. Try to enjoy the outdoors from underneath a tree or umbrella if possible.
Summer is as usual flying by. So let’s make the most of it while staying safe in the sun.
THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD| is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery and |certified in dermatological laser surgery. Send your questions |for her to email@example.com