Dermatology & Laser Institute of Colorado
9695 S Yosemite Street, Suite 175
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

Sun Protection: Questions and Answers

Dr. Richard J. Ort, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
Medical Director
Fellowship Trained - Harvard University

The most important step we can all take in skincare is protecting ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Any dermatologist would agree that the smartest ways to protect yourself is to limit your intense sun exposure during the peak hours of 10am-2pm, wear protective clothing and hats when possible, wear sunglasses that block UV light, generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to all our exposed skin, and avoid artificial tanning beds. Sun protection and sunscreen use can be an overwhelming subject, so here are the answers to some of our patients’ most common questions:

Why use sunscreen?

What is Sunscreen?

What does “SPF” mean and does the number matter?

What does "broad-spectrum" mean?

How much and how often?

Hats and sun protective clothing...what is the UPF rating?

Why are tanning beds so bad for you?

Sun protection and your kids

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