With the arrival of summer, the day gets longer and the heat increases. They are indirect signs of the greater solar exposure that our country receives on these dates. Our skin is the protective organ that allows us to regulate temperature, isolate ourselves from infections as well as maintain sensitivity and sensations with our environment.
At this time of year we tend to spend more hours away from home and do more activity outdoors and that added to the fact that the sun’s rays arrive more vertically, exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet increases. It is an essential time to protect ourselves from the sun throughout the day. So, for example, we should avoid going to the beach from 12 noon to 4 p.m., since that is when there is more solar radiation. We must use sunscreen if we are going to be exposed to the sun for more than 15 minutes.
In addition, and just as we do in winter, sun protection is important all year round. The ultraviolet rays that reach our skin are needed in a minimum amount to synthesize vitamin D, but in a normal life of a person who does not live locked up at home, a minimum exposure of 30 minutes a week would be enough. The rest of the things that the sun’s rays give us are harmful effects on our skin such as wrinkles, blemishes and skin cancer. It is therefore a good time to check our freckles and go to the dermatologist to make an assessment of our skin and can tell us which is the most suitable photoprotector.
In our center we have all the technology and professionals trained via MIR in dermatology both to check the skin and to treat it as soon as possible if any type of skin cancer appears.
Dr. Ferreres Riera, PCV dermatologist