Summer Skincare Tips for Anti-Aging
Long gone are the days of sunbathing until crispy. Yes, everyone loves (and needs!) some Vitamin D but it’s important to protect the largest organ you have, your skin. Impact Medical of Clearwater shares some summer skincare tips that can prevent premature aging.
Did you know that skin can be damaged in just 15 minutes of direct sun exposure? Any prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can also increase signs of aging and even the risk of skin cancer. A great first step to protect yourself is to apply sunscreen daily, ideally, year-round, but especially in the summer. We recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers 30 SPF or higher. If you will be swimming or sweating, make sure it’s water-resistant and reapply every 2 hours.
It’s critical to protect your skin but don’t forget about other parts of your body too! Because eyes can experience sun damage to the delicate skin tissue around them, wear sunglasses to safeguard the eyes, eyelids, and the surrounding areas. Your sunglasses should have both UVA and UVB protection to guard against harsh sun rays and prevent macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses and hats can also offer protection against fine lines, wrinkles, and more. Impact Medical Group of Clearwater offers innovative treatments that can help patients look and feel their best.
Did you know common medications can exacerbate sun damage? Some of these popular medicines can have a sun-sensitizing effect that can cause skin reactions when taken topically or orally. When this happens, the combination of drug and UV rays can change the structure of the drug and/or intensify the UV light, damaging the skin. Frequent symptoms include rashes, burns, and increased sun damage. Make sure to check labels and speak with a doctor before using medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), tetracyclines, and others if you anticipate prolonged sun exposure.
The arrival of summer should be exciting! It’s a time to enjoy long, sunny days filled with plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you visit the beach, a pool party, or even just a visit to a new park, remember to protect your skin from the summer sun. Call Impact Medical Group of Clearwater at (727) 292-0200 to learn more about our rejuvenation treatments. Long live summer!