The medical group where I frequent emails newsletters from time to time. Typically speaking, the newsletters get deleted just as quickly as I receive them as the articles are not hitting on much. This time around an article caught my attention and I thought I would share some of the highlights about protecting skin from sun damage.
It’s this time of year that we participate in outside activities like working out, cookouts, picnics, get togethers, yard work or heading to the beach. It’s also this time of the year that many of us begin thinking about wearing sunscreen. However, truth be told, we should protect our skin year round because UV rays are capable of penetrating through the clouds even in the winter and on rainy days.
My dermatologist recommends a SPF factor of at least 45. A high SPF and reapplication is suggested when in the sun for an extended amount of time, as sweat, water and time can wear off the sunscreen. I personally love all things Dermalogica, thus I use Solar Booster, SPF 50. I’ve been using this product for a couple of years now and it protects my skin nicely.
- Stay in the shade, if possible
- Use loose fitting clothing to cover skin
- Wear a wide brim hat to protect our eyes, face and why of course, our hair
- Wear wraparound style, UV protectant sunglasses (I love my Maui Jim’s)
- Apply to all exposed skin, including ears
- Stay hydrated
Unprotected skin is said to increase the risk of premature wrinkling, discoloration, aging of the skin, in addition to skin cancer. While sun exposure allow us to obtain Vitamin D, which is good for the skin and health, it is best when done in small amounts.
Many healthy hair enthusiasts take extra steps to protect their hair in warmer months. Some even apply sunscreen on their hair. I don’t — I prefer to wear hats.
If you have questions regarding your skin, make an appointment with your family physician or dermatologist. They can recommend some great products specific to your skin type. I have acne prone skin and received Dermalogica as a recommendation when having a facial done by a licensed esthetician. It’s an awesome product line and is acne friendly! 🙂
What Your Skin Protection Regimen?