With spring and summer on the horizon, you are probably looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Whether your plans include longer walks around your neighborhood or perhaps a spring break trip to the beach, it is crucial to protect your skin from repeated exposure to the sun.
Nothing threatens the health and beauty of your skin quite like sun exposure. Skin cancer is a tremendous problem in the United States, as more than 9,500 people are diagnosed every day. Repeated sun exposure can also lead to cosmetic problems like photoaging, or premature aging of the skin. Photoaging can manifest in wrinkles, loss of elasticity and discoloration such as sunspots or freckles.
For a lot of our patients at Hazen Medical Spa, sun exposure from the past has already led to photoaging. If this applies to you, we are happy to evaluate your skin and recommend treatments that can erase problems like wrinkles and sunspots.
But preventing photoaging is better than repairing it, and it is never too late to adopt habits that minimize your risk. Read on for our tips to protect your skin from sun damage.
Use Sunscreen Faithfully
The best thing you can to do protect your skin from the sun is to wear sunscreen when going outdoors (even on cloudy days). Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Sunscreen should be applied generously; the rule of thumb is to use approximately one shot glass worth of sunscreen on all exposed areas of your face and body. Apply your sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply it every two hours (or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating).
Ideally, you should rely on other means of protection besides sunscreen. When spending a lot of time outdoors, it is wise to wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and pants. Also, protect the delicate skin around your eyes with sunglasses that filter out ultraviolet light.
Seek Shade During Peak Hours
Finally, do your best to avoid the sun during peak hours, which is normally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sit under an umbrella, a tree or another type of shelter and avoid direct exposure to the sun when it is at its strongest.
For more information about preventing or treating sun damage, the team at Hazen Medical Spa invites you to call or email us today.