Everyone has heard the cautionary words to use plenty of sunscreen during the warmer seasons. Shielding the sun’s potent rays helps to avoid painful sunburns. But no matter your skin type, and not matter the duration of exposure to the sun, sunscreen is important for a number of reasons. We at The Skin and Body Refinery would like to briefly expound on why sunscreen should be incorporated in your daily skin treatment routine.
Sun Damaged Skin
For starters, the sunburns are more than just red painful reminders the sun is powerful, the cells and blood vessels have been damaged. Repeated damage causes skin to look dry, wrinkled, leathery and discolored. Though you cannot tell with the naked eye, the skin has weakened and bruises occur more easily. But the threat doesn’t end there. Skin cancer, the most common of cancers can manifest and doctors believe that in many cases, skin cancer can be avoided by preventing the sun damage.
How to Protect Skin from Sun this Summer
Though the sun can be beneficial to your skin by allowing you to absorb vitamin D, many vitamin enriched foods can provide adequate quantities for a healthy body. Staying out of the sun on a regular basis can help you avoid sun damage, but most people go outside routinely in their daily lives, so taking precautions to avoid sun damage is ideal.
– Be sure to wear protective clothing, especially for long periods in the middle of the day. Long sleeves and pants, and a cap or brimmed hat.
– Use of sunglasses to filter the UV light is optimal.
– Apply sunscreen on your skin every day. You can easily make it a habit; just remember to put it on following your oral hygiene practices.
– Whenever possible, avoid sun in the middle of the day from about 10 am to 3 pm; as the ultraviolet rays are strongest during this time.
What SPF to Use on Face & Body
SPF sun block is an important element to remember, it stands for Sun Protection Factor. Everyone of every race, gender, and age should use at the bare minimum sunscreen of SPF30. The higher the number the more protection it will offer. Even if you do not burn easily, using the SPF 30 or higher can reduce the sun damage and offer more protection for those have had skin cancer or pre-cancer, but SPF45 is better. As far as children are concerned, sunscreen is perfectly safe to use on kids 6 months old and older and with regular use you can prevent skin damage and cancer. According to studies, children using daily sunscreen through the age of 18 would have 72% reduced risk of skin cancer later in life!
Best Way to Apply Sunscreen; Before Makeup
Remember the following guidelines to maximize the benefits of your sunscreen:
1) Apply a generous layer of sunscreen. Apply sunscreen to the skin in a smooth layer. It takes a shot glass full or 45ml of sunscreen to adequately cover the exposed skin to efficiently add protection.
2) Apply sunscreen before makeup. To ensure the sunscreen is optimally effective, having a layer under the makeup is best.
3) Apply sunscreen before being in the sun. Before you go outside, apply the sunscreen at least 20 – 30 minutes before you whenever you will be outside for 30 minutes or more. It’s best to apply sunscreen before going outside because as you apply at the pool, lake, beach, etc, you are likely to perspire upon arrival and the sunscreen won’t be as potent.
4) Reapply sunscreen. Put additional sunscreen every two hours while you are outdoors. Even if you get wet or perspire heavily, reapply sunscreen more frequently.
5) Cover all exposed skin with sunscreen. Cover all ears, lips, face and back of your hands and any other exposed area of skin.
Treatments to Repair Sun Damaged Skin in Waco, Texas
The Skin and Body Refinery understands that we can’t live under a rock! Our daily lives take all of us outside whether it’s watching kids play sports, shopping, working or playing. We offer many professional medical spa treatments to repair dun damaged skin such as laser pixel skin resurfacing and chemical micropeels as well as quality skin care products such as SkinCeuticals Skin Care line.