Sun 101: Tips and Tricks for Protecting Your Skin for the Summer

With the summer months upon us, it is critical to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. With our helpful tips and tricks, you cannot only prevent further damage, but you can also start to reverse the damage that you have accumulated.

The Summer of Sun Protection:

 Fact #1: Did you know….?

There is a difference between UVA vs. UVB rays and that the SPF in most sunblock’s only apply to the UVB rays, and not the UVA rays, which are the burning rays that affect the outer layer of the skin.

Fact #2: Did you know…?

That UVA is invisible and these are the rays that attack your collagen and elastin, so it is critical that you reapply your sunblock every 2-3 hours, regardless of the SPF factor, especially if you are out in the sun! UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin layers, damaging collagen and cells, which leads to wrinkling, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity.

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Fact #3: Did you know…?

Free Radicals a produced by UV rays that damage your skin’s DNA and that the exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can significantly affect your skin’s appearance. It damages collagen and elastin, which are the proteins found in your skin; causing wrinkling, roughness, sagging, and a diminish in a youthful glow, dullness, and uneven skin tone.

Tips for Proper Protection during the Summer Months:

Tip #1: For proper protection use a sunblock with zinc oxide in it.

Tip #2: Apply an antioxidant serum such as Obagi C – Clarifying Serum

Tip #3: Products like Nia 24 Intense Complex contains ingredients like Vitamin C, green tea, a resveratrol: which can help shield your skin from free radicals, or try our Obagi Vitamin Serums.

Tip #4: For optimal protection when you are out in the sun, apply an ounce of sunblock from head to toe and for the best coverage apply two coats at least 1 hour prior to going outside, then reapply it every two hours. To help determine if you are using the right amount: a standard 4-6 ounce tube should be gone in one weekend. Also, be sure to check the expiration dates on the sunblock.

Tip #5: Keep sunblock in the shade to prevent it from going bad (breaking down and separating). Remember, that no sunblock is waterproof or sweat-proof (the FDA actually forbids it), so reapply after getting into the water or after endurance activities. After 40-80 minutes in the water and after jumping into the pool, resist the urge to towel dry. Letting the water evaporate allows sunscreen to reside on the skin for a longer period of time.

Tip #6: Use a full-spectrum SPF 30 sun block or higher every day, rain or shine. Many people don’t realize that even on cloudy days, UVA rays can penetrate your skin. Anything below SPF 15 can no longer be considered broad spectrum and therefore, only protects against UVB rays, not the UVA rays, which are the cause of skin cancer and premature aging. UVA rays diminish the activity of your body’s T cells, which are the skin’s immune system, and help your body fight the damage that is occurring.

Tip #7: Don’t forget about the hands and lips. Your hands show your true age. Invest in a great full body moisturizer with SPF to use as your hand lotion and a great chap stick with SPF. We recommend ELTA MD Lip Balm SFP 31.

Tricks for Summer Fun Protection:

#1 Wear a large-brimmed hat on sunny days, some hats even have and SPF built into them, which help and a hat is a great way to add to a fabulous summer look.

#2 Wear sunglasses labeled UVA and UVB protection. Oversized sunglasses aren’t just fashionable, they are a shield protector for the paper thin skin around your delicate eyes. Did you know, sun exposure can damage the eye itself, causing cataracts and macular degeneration over time and that 5-10 percent of all skin cancers are on the eyelids, and last but not least: sun damage also strongly contribute to crow’s feet around the eyes.

#3 Take a tip from the gorgeous Nicole Kidman and rock a UV-protective rash-guard swim shirt over your bathing suit.

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#4 Try and stay inside on the peak hours of the day, 9-2 PM, if possible.

#5 Taking an antioxidant pill – Heliocare oral pill found at most local drug stores. Daily use of this antioxidant formula with PLE helps maintain your skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging from the inside out.

#6 You can actually reverse sun damage whenever you start protecting yourself from the sun. Protecting your skin will stop the process of additional damage, and start to reverse the damage that you have already accumulated.

#7 Reversing sun damage by exfoliating the right way, by dissolving the dead skin cells, instead of scrubbing them off. This will create brightness and luster to your skin. We recommend Nia24 Physical Cleansing Scrub.

#8 Opt for a product with a 5 to 8 percent concentration of Glycolic Free Acid for deep exfoliation. We recommend the Glytone Antioxidant Cream

#9 Use a melanin inhibitor like hydroquinone on your skin to reduce brown pigmentation when fighting UV radiation.

#10 Use a mineral sunscreen such as EltaMD. Sunblocks help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun, when used with other sun protection measures. EltaMD sunblocks are formulated with transparent zinc oxide and are noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.

#11 Eat antioxidant-rich foods: Vitamin C based antioxidants are best for reducing uneven brown pigmentation, but all are good, just choose the best for you! If you are in doubt, ask Beryl (Director of Skin Care at Aesthetics By Design) for a recommendation! Carrots, sweet potatoes, deep dark veggies, watermelon, strawberries, kiwis, and oranges, almonds and sunflower seeds, apples, green tea, red snapper fish, and dark chocolate are all good food sources.  Did you know that orange foods contain carotenoids that can give your skin a tan-like glow when you eat them on a regular basis?

Let us help you get rid of the damage:

What’s hiding in your skin? Just because you have a flawless complexion doesn’t mean you have a healthy one. Let us give you a free skin analysis on a micro level with the Visia. Doing this analysis will help us diagnose your skin and treat it properly.

Did you know that?

  1. 25 percent of sun damage occurs by age 18, and that number can be higher in Colorado with the 360 days of sun we typically receive?
  2. Freckles, skin that burns easily and does not tan, light eyes and even blonde or red hair all increase your risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer?
  3. White is the new tan. If you want some color for the summer, try faux tanners – leaving you with a beautiful bronzed glow, not orange. – We recommend Avene Self Tanner for a flawless glow.
  4. With the IPL, Intense Pulsed Light: we can actually dissolve your sun damage by bringing it to the surface and then sloughing off.
  5. We offer a wide variety of chemical peels with little to no downtime to help reverse sun damage.
  6. Getting a Blu U Photo Dynamic Therapy treatment for precancerous sun spots will destroy premalignant skin cells and precancers.

It is so important to protect yourself from the sun year round. We hope that these facts and tips help ensure beautiful, youthful skin for the future. Call today for a free consultation and turn back the clock tomorrow.