Summer is here. Are you enjoying soaking up the sun as much as we are? Lounging by the pool is one of summer’s greatest pleasures, but if you aren’t careful, that lounging can quickly turn into a sunburn. These tips will help you heal and prevent sunburns this summer.
Be Sun Smart
If you want to avoid sunburn this summer, you need to be sun smart. Most sunburns are avoidable with a little preplanning. And avoidance is important if you want to protect your beautiful skin. It only takes 5 sunburns to double your risk of melanoma. Sun exposure is also a primary cause of skin aging. UV rays break down elastin, an important compound for young, vibrant skin. Sun exposure also causes brown spots, wrinkles, skin discoloration, etc. You might not see the impact sun has on your skin when you’re young, but you’ll certainly pay the price down the road if you aren’t sun smart now.
What can you do to protect your skin from the sun while still enjoying the summer? Try these tips:
- Stay in the Shade– The sun is at its strongest from 10 am to 4 pm. During these hours, stay in the shade if possible.
- Use Sunscreen– Do you have a good sunscreen? You should be using sunscreen on a daily basis (SPF 15 every day and stronger on days in the sun). Make sure you use enough. You need 1 ounce (about the size of a golf ball) with every application. If you need a good sunscreen, come see us. We offer a wide range of state of the art skin care treatments, including the Obagi System.
- Cover Up– When you’re going to be in the sun, cover up. Hats, sunglasses, and cool, lightweight clothing can provide sun protection.
Treat Existing Damage
You can make a change today for better sun practices, but that won’t halt the damage that has already been done. If you have signs of sun damage, pigmentation problems, lines and wrinkles, etc., come see us. We can treat the damage for more beautiful skin.
The Fraxel Laser is one of our best options for skin rejuvenation. This powerful treatment is a serious solution for fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation problems, and other signs of aging. It can also stimulate collagen production for tighter looking skin. If you have sun damage, come see us and ask about Fraxel.
Enjoy the sun this summer, but don’t let the sun ruin your skin. Call us today at 540-371-7730 to schedule your appointment.