Sun Protection Guide





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As the long, summer days become hotter and hotter, it is a reminder that sun protection is necessary for happy, healthy, skin. Year-round sun protection is a must, but as the days heat up and sun beams down on us, we tend to be out and about more enjoying the glory Mother Nature has to offer.

There are two kinds of rays that penetrate the ozone: UVA and UVB. UVB rays can cause superficial damage, like sunburns, while UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis and cause mayhem, breaking down the collagen and elastin that holds your skin in place. UVA rays are responsible for the aging aspects of sun exposure like wrinkling, loss of firmness and hyperpigmentation.

Here are some facts and tips for preventing sun damage throughout the year:

• Seek out the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. This is when the UV index is at its highest and you are more susceptible to the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays.
• You should always use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For all of your fun outdoor activities, use a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
• The SPF level specifies the amount of time you can spend in the sun without burning, not how strong a product is. An SPF 30 is not tougher than an SPF 15; it just means you won’t need to reapply it as often.
• Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
• You should reapply sun protection at a minimum of every two hours, but if you’re swimming or working up a sweat, reapply immediately. It’s better to be safe than burnt and sorry.
• Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths, because this is where you are just asking for wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, age spots and, in extreme cases, skin cancer. Just one indoor tanning session alone increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20%, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another 2%.
• Try to wear protective clothing, including a wide brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. The fashion selections and options are endless!
• Self-checks are important, so examine your skin head-to-toe every month and see your physician every year over the age of 35 for a professional skin exam.


Protecting your skin from the sun


As summertime is in full bloom, men and women across the country jump on the opportunity to spend time outdoors, basking in the sun and all its glory. While these months provide the perfect time to lounge by the beach, they also pose a serious threat to the skin if proper precautions are not made.

Maintaining skin health is essential all year-round, but be sure to keep the following in mind as you prep for your summer outings.

Adhering to skincare best practices
Women are frequently told the best way to save their skin is by slathering on sunscreen and other products meant to rejuvenate the area, but a recent study published in the journal Nature found that sunblock alone cannot prevent harm caused by ultraviolet rays.

Sunscreen is essential for providing some protection to the skin, but over time, the area may suffer negative consequences from the sun despite the products put in place.

The sun is one of the greatest factors that may affect skin health, as prolonged exposure can cause spots, discoloration and - in extreme circumstances - cancer. While there is no way to fully prevent these things from happening, there are ways to lessen their appearance with cosmetic surgery.

Procedures to restore the skin
Whether you suffer from wrinkles or are sunkissed by sunspots, there are several procedures that can restore color and hydration to this vital organ. For those who are seeking a simple procedure to help revitalize the skin, consider a chemical peel. During this cosmetic procedure, those who have dark spots or sun-damaged areas may see a significant improvement in the skin's texture and radiance. However, patients must keep in mind that in the few weeks following their procedure, they could be more sensitive to the sun or irritants in the air.

Individuals who have more extensive damage from years in the sun may opt for laser skin resurfacing, which could be able to restore the appearance of the skin following harmful lifestyle habits. This procedure can improve the color and texture of your skin, allowing your exterior to take on a more youthful and healthier appearance. Additionally, the results are generally long-lasting, so patients can expect a more permanent solution for damaged skin. Similarly to chemical peels, those who have recently gotten this procedure may be more sensitive to the sun and should undertake additional precautions before spending time outdoors.



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