How long does it take for sun damage to occur? The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Check the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s UV Index external icon for your area, and follow these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family.
You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use a zinc or titanium based sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside-even when you’re in the shade.
Schedule regular appointments with a skin care specialist to make sure your skin is in good shape.