1. Do not burn.
Our first tip seems like a bit of an understatement. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that tanning alone can indicate damage to your skin, but a burn means you’ve gotten too much sun.
2. Wear long sleeved rash guards, wide-brimmed hats, and other sun protective clothing.
Clothing labeled “UPF+” will reflect UV rays, and is an easy and convenient way to protect broad areas of skin from the sun.
3. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before getting wet or sweating will allow it to absorb into your skin, giving you better protection. Reapplying every two hours or so can help ensure that your skin doesn’t burn. Make sure to cover all skin that will not be covered by clothing — don’t forget the top of your head, tops of your ears and feet, and the back of your neck!
4. Protect your skin even on cool or cloudy days.
While you may not be able to see the sun on cloudy days, UV rays are always present. In fact, the American Cancer Society says cloudy days are when you’re most likely to get sunburned. Be sure to protect your skin.
5. Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand.
Water, snow, and sand all have a high albedo, which means these surfaces reflect harmful UV rays and increase your chances of getting sunburned while near them. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
6. Try to schedule your outdoor activities to avoid peak times of sun.
Peak times can range from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Scheduling any activities for before and after these times can really save your skin.
7. Seek shade, especially during the sun’s peak hours.
If you do happen to be outdoors, an umbrella or a nice, shady tree can be welcome relief from the sun’s harsh rays, and the perfect place to relax and enjoy being outside.
8. Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet or vitamin supplements.
It can be difficult to get vitamin D without getting sun damage. Luckily, there are safe, healthy alternatives. For instance, WebMD suggests vitamin D rich foods like fatty fish (e.g. tuna, mackerel, salmon), egg yolks and cheese. Vitamin supplements are also an easy way to get vitamin D into your diet.
9. Avoid intentional tanning and tanning beds.
While tanning can give you that skin tone you’re aiming for, lots of exposure to UV rays can really increase your chances of getting skin cancer down the road. It’s important to take care of your skin!
10. Carefully examine all of your skin once a month.
Detecting melanoma early can save your life. If you find a new or growing spot on your skin, have it examined by a professional dermatologist immediately.
Total Skin Care Resource Guide
Dermatology Center in Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley
Advanced Dermatology of Charlottesville
Board certified dermatologists offer general dermatology, laser cosmetic surgery, liposuction, and Mohs micrographic surgery.
600 Peter Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville | 434.977.0027
Albemarle Dermatology Associates
Board certified dermatologists provide medical and surgical dermatology in the treatment of general skin conditions as well as advanced cosmetic dermatology services for face, eyes, and body.
3350 Berkmar Drive
Charlottesville | 434.923.4651
Blue Ridge Dermatology
Board certified dermatologists offer general dermatology services, and maintain consulting privileges at Augusta Health.
1151 13th Street
Waynesboro | 540.949.6934
Staff including board certified dermatologists and a physician assistant (PA-C) offer a full range of services including general dermatology in the diagnosis and treatment of general skin conditions, facial rejuvenation, general cosmetic enhancements, and aesthetic services.
600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 230
Charlottesville | 434.984.2400
Medical staff, including board certified dermatologists, offers a full range of medical and surgical dermatology services, covering the treatment of all skin conditions and cancer.
320 Winding River Lane, Suite 301
Charlottesville | 434.296.0113
Family Dermatology of Albemarle
Medical and surgical dermatology services are available in the diagnosis and treatment of all disorders involving the skin, hair, and nails. The staff includes three board certified dermatologists.
215 Wayles Lane, Suite 150
Charlottesville | 434.964.9500
Savola Aesthetic Dermatology Center, PLC
Board certified dermatologists offer general dermatology in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail disorders. A wide variety of aesthetic dermatology services are also available including fillers, injectables and laser treatments.
66 Parkway Lane, Suite 101A
Fishersville | 540.451.2833
Shenandoah Dermatology PC
Private practice with a board certified dermatologist offers general and geriatric dermatology, surgery, and dermatopathology in the treatment of skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis.
1600 North Coalter Street, Suite 19
Staunton | 540.885.4500
Signature Medical Spa – A division of Albemarle Dermatology Associates
Board certified dermatologists and licensed aestheticians offer a wide range of laser and aesthetic treatments that include laser treatments, fillers, microneedling, earlobe rejuvenation and repair, and advanced peels.
3350 Berkmar Drive
Charlottesville | 434.923.4646
The dermatology department at UVA specializes in the treatment of skin disorders, including autoimmune blistering diseases, connective tissue diseases, such as lupus, childhood skin diseases, skin infections, and common issues like aging, acne and skin damage. The staff includes several board certified dermatologists, who work with the experts in the UVA Cancer Center to treat melanoma and all types of skin cancers.
1215 Lee Street
Charlottesville | 434.243.3675