Warm summer months are here and with that means you’ll probably be spending lots of time outdoors.  While soaking in the sunshine, remember that it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Here at Premier Medical Esthetics, we’re all about helping you keep your skin beautiful.  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), “up to 90% of visible changes attributed to aging may be caused by sun exposure.”  Do you know that the largest organ in the human body is your skin?  Not only can improper or excessive sun exposure age and blemish your skin, but it can also put you at serious risk for skin cancer and eye diseases, such as cataracts.

Premier Medical Esthetics recommends following these tips to protect your skin this summer:

Wear Sun-Protective Items – Sunglasses, pool coverups, and floppy straw hats are more than just beach fashion statements; they can help to protect you from harmful UV rays.

  • Sunglasses – Per the American Academy of Ophthalmology, opt for a pair of sunglasses that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Sunglasses with a rating of UV400 or higher should help decrease your chances of developing eye “sunburn,” blurry vision, sensitivity to bright light, or even eye disease.
  • Clothing – One of the most effective forms of protection against sun damage is wearing sun-protective clothing. Pay special attention to Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) when purchasing sun-protective clothing.  UPF indicates how much UV radiation a fabric allows to reach your skin.  Although you may want to opt for white summer clothing to stay cool, darker colors do a better job of absorbing UV rays, not allowing them to penetrate your skin.
  • Wide-Brimmed Hats – Protect your face, ears, neck and scalp from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Such sensitive areas are prone to skin cancer and should be adequately protected.  In addition to a hat, be sure to still apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to these areas on your head.

Seek Shade – UV rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.  The easiest way to prevent sun-damaged skin is to avoid being in the sun during those peak hours.  We realize this is easier said than done.  While spending your summer days outside, be mindful of how much time you are in direct sunlight versus in shaded areas.  Remember the “shadow rule” and adjust your time spent in the sun accordingly.  If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s harmful UV radiation is very strong and should be avoided.  If your shadow is taller than you are, UV radiation is less intense and it is a more ideal time to be outside.

Refine Your Beauty Regimen – Does your current skincare and beauty routine include sun protection factor (SPF)?  If not, it’s time to revamp your daily regimen.  Many tinted moisturizers, lip balms, and mineral powders feature SPF ingredients and help you never forget sun protection while beautifying your face!  Post-sun exposure, be sure to lock in hydration by moisturizing your skin from head-to-toe.  Thicker creams are often more effective than lotions because they are rich in moisture.

Use Proper Sunscreen Application – Many people only apply sunscreen on hot, sunny days.  Although this is indeed an important time to protect yourself from sun exposure, your skin can also be negatively impacted by UV rays on cloudy days too.  Be sure to use a higher SPF sunscreen on especially warm, sunny days.  There are specific types of water-resistant sunscreens to use if you are going swimming or will be sweating a lot while playing a sport or laying on the beach.  Pay special attention to re-application times, as many sunscreens wash off approximately every 40 minutes.       

Hydrate – Proper hydration is very important for your skin and overall health – especially during the warm summer months.  Spending time in the hot sun can cause you to become dehydrated.  When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes more vulnerable to damage.  Drinking plenty of water (ideally eight glasses of water a day) is one of the best ways to prevent dry, damaged skin.

Come Visit Us at Premier Medical Esthetics!

We hope this article helps you keep your skin looking beautiful all year long!  Premier Medical Esthetics, a medical esthetic laser treatment center and skin care spa in Camp Hill, PA, offers a variety of skin spa services.  Located in the Harrisburg, PA region, we feature advanced lasers for various skin conditions and concerns.  Contact us today at (717) 769-1937 to book an appointment and to learn more about our services.

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