As Lockdowns Loosen, a Friendly Reminder From Your Dermatologist: Wear Sunscreen
As lockdowns begin to loosen alongside sunnier days, it’s only natural to want to bound out of the house for some fresh air and safe, socially distant recreation. But it’s because we’ve been spending excess time indoors during quarantine that it’s especially essential to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Year-round, sunscreen is the most effective way to shield skin from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation, as well as premature aging, which is the primary cause of fine lines, deeper wrinkles, blotchiness, discoloration, and textural abnormalities.
Moreover, there are specific skin reactions that can happen during early summer with the first exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as polymorphous light eruption (or PMLE), a reaction of sun sensitivity that happens when our skin is not exposed to the sun for long periods of time. “It can manifest in different ways, but is typically a itchy red rash that appears on sun-exposed areas that have been recently exposed, typically at the beginning of summer,” explains Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD, at the Mount Sinai department of Dermatology. “We don’t know why some people are more prone to this, but most people are likely to experience some form of increased sensitivity to sunlight after the wintertime.”
Source: Vogue – As Lockdowns Loosen, a Friendly Reminder From Your Dermatologist: Wear Sunscreen By, Lauren Valenti