USC Pharmacist Katty Hsu, PharmD, shares five tips for protecting yourself from the sun this summer.
- Reduce Sun Exposure
Limit outdoor activity during the warmest time of the day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Protect your Skin
When possible, seek shade or consider wearing a hat with a brim or clothing that will provide as much coverage from UV rays as possible such as long sleeves or pants or clothing certified to have a UV protection factor. The best option is to use sunscreen in addition to wearing protective clothing while outside even in shady areas.
- Use Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside, and choose a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater. Remember to reapply about every 2 hours, more frequently if swimming or sweating.
- Monitor your Medications
Take extra sun precautions if you’re taking medications that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun (photosensitivity). A pharmacist or health care provider can help you understand which medications can cause sun sensitivity.
- Come In and Meet your USC Pharmacist
To learn more about how you can protect your skin from harmful rays of the sun drop in and consult with a USC pharmacist.