As we embrace the warmth of the sunshine and summer rays, it’s more important now than ever to be consistently conscious of our skin’s health. Sunscreen is essential as it protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation which have a number of harmful repercussions to our skin and health.
Everyday Sunscreen Routine
Wearing sunscreen shouldn’t just be limited to sitting by the pool or lounging on the beach. It should be applied as part of your daily makeup routine. A quick and simple way to incorporate sunscreen is by applying a light moisturizer as the last step before applying foundation. Be sure to let it set into your skin before continuing with your makeup application.
Outdoor Sunscreen Schedule
A few tips will help you pick the best sunscreen for your needs when you plan on spending time outside. Choose a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher, that is water resistant, and offers broad spectrum coverage is vital.
Sunscreen application should be a head to toe effort – even your ears, neck, and hands, not just your arms and legs. It should be applied at a minimum of 15 minutes before sun exposure begins and once you’re ready to hit the sun, remember to reapply every two hours. If you participate in water activities or perspire much more than normal, it’s important to reapply more frequently.
Conquering the Signs of Skin Damage
Damage from UV rays from the sun can accelerate the skin’s natural aging process, causing skin to become more leathery and wrinkled than it would be otherwise, and as we are exposed to more sun, freckles, moles and lesions can appear on the surface, particularly if we are light-skinned. Not everyone finds these aesthetically pleasing. That’s one reason Nova Medical Spa offers Intense Light Pulse (IPL) which can counteract many of the signs of sun damage. Learn more about our IPL services online, or call 703-554-1130 for more information and to schedule a consultation.
It is also important to note, damage from UV rays can also create lesions that can be precursors to skin cancer. This can begin with just a spot on the skin. If you notice a mole that is abnormal, you may want to consider having it checked out by doctor to ensure it isn’t melanoma. Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center provides screening for melanoma. Learn more at inova.org/skin or call 703-970-6430.