Save your skin with tips for dealing with summer sun

by Tom Simplot

Jun 28, 2015

The midweek morning’s weather forecast called for another record-breaking wave of heat for the Valley, but I noticed the second part of the forecast, the UV index. In the Phoenix area, the UV index is in the “very high” and “extreme” ranges last week. That means those of us who live in apartments need to be even more careful. The community pool tempts us for daily dips, and summer barbecues are in full swing.

We all hear warnings about wearing sunscreen, and we are getting better about applying it when we head out, but many of us are making sunscreen mistakes. A couple hints for keeping your skin safe this summer:

Hit all the right spots and use the right amount —Spray your face, tops of your ears, back of your neck, arms, legs and tops of your feet. If you use a cream or gel, you’ll need about a shot-glass full.

Reapply every two hours— Most national brands will stay on for about two hours, and many boast they are waterproof and sweatproof. This is good news for those who want to hang out by the pool on hot summer days. But even the best sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours.

Use sunscreen in the shade — You never know how much of your body is being covered by the shade. The fabric of the umbrella may not block UV rays.

Clouds don’t block UV rays — Many of us think clouds will block the harmful rays. You are just as likely to burn on a cloudy day, and more people seem to because they skimp on sunscreen those days.