Summer is finally here — time to break out the shorts, shades and swimsuits and make a beeline for the beach. But before you hit the sand, take some time to consider your skin.
Before heading out
Protecting your skin every time you’re out in the sun can feel like a chore at times, so it’s important to remember the reasons behind your diligence. The sun is the culprit for nearly all the wrinkles and age spots on our faces. So anytime you’re out in the sun without proper protection, you are aging your skin.
Whether you’re heading for the surf or just going about your regular business, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis is vital for healthy skin. Throughout your lifetime, nearly 80 percent of sun damage comes from brief exposure like walking to your car. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands, where your skin is delicate and prone to sun damage, along with your neck and any other exposed skin.
By choosing a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30, you’ll block 97 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t use products that can increase the risk of sunburn; save the vitamin A or alpha-hydroxy acid products for nighttime.
Fun in the sun
Whether you’re hitting the beach, hiking in the mountains or enjoying a picnic in the park, you’ll need to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours when you’re in the sun for a while. If you’re playing sports, going in the water or otherwise being active, use a waterproof sunscreen.
Don’t forget UV-rated sunglasses to protect your eyes, along with a hat to provide some much-needed shade for your delicate facial skin. If you’re particularly sensitive to the sun’s effects, consider custom clothing that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
If you do get burned, stay out of the sun completely until your skin has a chance to heal. Regardless, you’ll need to remove sunscreen and sweat that accumulates during outdoor activities. Use a mild cleansing gel, toner and lightweight moisturizer. If your skin is feeling dry, you can apply a hydrating masque as well.
For safe fun in the sun, protect your skin
By taking proper precautions, you can enjoy the summer sun while protecting your healthy skin. To learn more about skin rejuvenation in Los Angeles, visit Your Laser Skin Care online at www.yourlaserskincare.com or call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a consultation.