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How to protect your skin in summer

Dr. Porcell
  • Laura Porcell

In an exclusive interview with Panama Today, Dr. Laura Porcell, dermatologist and influencer in this area , gave some recommendations to protect our skin in summer.

In summer, our skin is more exposed to UV rays, especially, when we spend a day at the beach, pool, field or mountain and it is necessary at this time, also throughout the year, to start protecting our skin to prevent wrinkles, spots, premature aging and eventually skin cancer, as a result of cumulative effects of ultraviolet radiation on our body.

• Avoid sun exposure or seek shade during peak sun hours: between 10 am and 4pm.

• Apply sunscreen with at least sun protection factor 30 (spf) and reapply every 2 hours.

• If the person is swimming or sweating and is using water resistant sunscreen, this must be reapplied every 80 minutes.

• Apply one almond’s size of sunscreen all over the face and a shot glass size all over the body.

• Wear wide-brimmed hats, sun glasses and UV protective clothing.

• Avoid sitting under umbrellas or wearing hats, since so much UV is reflected from the surfaces of the sand, water and floor, so it can still cause damages to the skin.

The specialist also highlighted that the benefits of daily sunscreen use, "not only prevents skin cancer, but also slows skin aging and protects the skin from spots, dilated blood vessels and other unwanted changes," said Porcell.

For many, finding the right sunscreen can be a challenge. Dr. Porcell ensures that a sun protection factor 30 is enough, since it is "a broad-spectrum sunscreen and protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays," she said.

Tanned skin embraces beauty?

For some, a skin tanned by the sun may be quite striking; however for Dr. Porcell, "a tanned skin is a skin damaged by the sun". She highlighted that the media and influencers have a determining role, to raise awareness of the dangers of sun exposure.

"We must work together for a mental change in our culture, that although the dangers of sun exposure have been overwhelmingly proven, still sees it as something healthy and that embraces beauty. We must work hard so that people, especially youths, can see beauty in their natural skin color and thus help decrease the cases of the most common cancer in the world, which is skin cancer," Porcell said.

The specialist assures that, although there are no formal figures, an average of about 600 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Panama.

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