The Importance of Sun Protection

//The Importance of Sun Protection

The Importance of Sun Protection

Ever wonder why some women seem to have younger looking skin than their counterparts? Genetics certainly plays a role, but the main offenders that age the skin are sun and pollution. As summertime gives a hint that it really may arrive this year, following one of the worst winters in recent history, many will forgo appropriate protection as they “soak up the sun”. I’d like to give you a few simple tips on proper sun protection for your face, neck and décolleté.First, invest in a daily sunscreen that you love, otherwise you won’t use it. There are now some moisturizers that contain sunscreen, so application can become part of your morning routine. One of my favorite and very natural-appearing ways to protect the skin, is with Intellishade® sunscreen by Revision Skincare, SPF 45. I have not yet met a person who didn’t like the subtle color and glow achieved with this broad-spectrum sunblock. It comes in two different finishes, regular and matte. If your skin is quite oily, then you may prefer the matte, otherwise the regular achieves a healthy, dewy look. Another option is SkinCeuticals “Physical Fusion UV Defense”, SPF 50. It also has a universal tint that gives the skin a hint of color, and is more matte in finish. Remember that these, and all liquid sunscreens, must be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure to achieve protection, and do not forget to reapply every 2 hours!

I am never without a translucent powder brush sunscreen. I carry one in my purse all year long in case I am outside and need immediate sun protection. ColoreScience makes Sunforgettable, which is very water resistant, with SPF 50, in a few different shades. It’s translucent and weightless. Glō-minerals makes a similar Protecting Powder brush with an SPF of 30 to stash in your car or purse. Remember that UVA rays can penetrate your glass windows, so you still need a broad-spectrum sunblock if you are driving on a sunny day.

Anti-oxidant containing products do dual duty by adding protection and reversing damage that has already occurred. Vitamin C, ferulic acid, phloretin, idebenone, and therasol are all ingredients that are beneficial for the skin and may actually prevent sunburn at a cellular level. These products penetrate the epidermis of the skin to reach the deeper skin cells and counteract damaging sun rays whereas sunscreens coat the outer surface of the skin to block and protect. It makes sense to use both!

Make a fashion statement with a hat! Big brimmed floppy hats or baseball caps both help to shade the face. For truly sensitive skin, there are hats that have neck shades that are UV blocking. Don’t forget sunglasses with UV blocking to protect the very delicate skin around the eyes. (They’ll also keep you from squinting in the sun so you can delay Botox® for those “elevens” between your eyes!)

Although you might love to dine al fresco, be sure that there is an umbrella or awning to offer some shade, and try to avoid the worst time for sun exposure, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A little advanced thought and preparation can help you to avoid painful sunburn, and also the cumulative sun damage that will lead to premature aging and wrinkles.

Wisconsin Vein Center and MediSpa staff would be glad to help you choose the proper products to protect your skin during our precious and few summer months!

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By Dr. Manjoney| 2019-04-24T08:47:44-06:00 August 8th, 2015|Skin Care|

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