5 Ways to Enhance Sun Protection

When it comes to sun protection, a bottle of sunscreen will almost always be your number 1 weapon in defending your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  Did you know you can take your sun protection factor up a notch by picking up a few more things before leaving the house?  Take a look at our 5 Ways to Enhance Sun Protection and let us know your favorite in the comments below!

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2. Sunglasses

Not only do they help prevent squinting (which leads to crow’s feet), but sunglasses also protect your eyeballs themselves against damage from the sun! The American Optometric Association suggests you pick up a pair that at minimum blocks at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays and screens out 75-90% of visible light to provided sun protection.  Just remember: think function over fashion the next time you go to pick up a new pair of shades!

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4. UPF Clothing

The Skin Cancer Foundation has found that a basic, white  cotton t-shirt only provides an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 7 while many board-certified dermatologist, along with The Skin Cancer Foundation, recommend at least a UPF of 30.  If you’re out running errands all day or plan to spend a full day hiking, boating, gardening, even watching sports, grab a light-weight piece of UPF Clothing from a trusted supplier such as Coolibar to increase your levels of sun protection.

5. Antioxidants

Antioxidants help boost your sun protection powers from the inside out and are a great addition to your sun protection tool box.  We like to get our antioxidants, the free-radical fighting powerhouses, in two ways here at DLCC: in our SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Serums and Nighttime Resveratrol and from the foods we eat.  Check out this great blog post on top antioxidant packed foods to help feed your skin!

*Bonus tip: Try to avoid direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  If you’re heading outside, grab an umbrella to take with you or seek shade when possible!


Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston is a full service medical, research and cosmetic dermatology practice located in Charleston, South Carolina. Dedicated to providing a warm, friendly and compassionate environment while offering customized care to each patient, appointments are available by calling 843-556-8886 or via email.

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