Unlike most other states, the Florida sun is beaming all year round. It’s tempting to slap on the tanning oil and bake in the sun with your girlfriends, but we can promise you it’s not worth the skin damage. Instead, take extra precaution against the sun and its harmful rays by using these 6 tips!
Sunscreen is a Must
In the past, sunscreen was an afterthought. Today, Dermatologists and Aestheticians are recommending sunscreen be their patients’ go-to skincare product. When selecting a sunscreen, choose one that is SPF 50 and broad-spectrum. This means you will be protected from UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays; however, it is UVB rays that cause sunburns and are the main culprit of skin cancers. UVA rays cause premature aging and are responsible for photoaging.
Find Some Shade
When spending the day at the beach or attending a sporting event, seek shade under a tree. If you know there is going to be no shaded spots, pack a tent or umbrella to bring the shade with you. It’s best to avoid sitting in direct sunlight for an excessive amount of time.
Avoid Intense Sun
The sun is at its peak intensity from 10 am to 2 pm, reaching its maximum temperature at noon. It’s not always possible to skip the mid-day sun, but when you can, avoid the direct sunlight. You should limit outdoor activities during these times, but if you must, remember to pile on the sunscreen and seek shade.
Many prescription medications, including antibiotics, acne treatment, and blood pressure medicines, can result in sun sensitivity. When you are on medication that results in this side effect, it’s crucial that you take extra steps to protect your skin. If you’re already sensitive to the sun, be proactive against it.
Wear Protective Clothing
If you know you will be spending the majority of the day exposed to the sun, wear protective clothing. Take advantage of a hat, long sleeve shirts and pants, and sunglasses. Many popular brands have SPF built-in to the material. If you’re worried about compromising style, don’t be! These brands have made sun-proof clothing stylish and on trend.
Sunless Tanner is the Way to go
Tan, glowing skin never goes out of style. But, fine lines and wrinkles sure do. Not only that, baking in the sun puts you at risk of skin cancer. If you want supple, youthful skin for as long as possible, use a sunless tanner. This way you get the best of both worlds – golden, luminous skin and no sun damage.
The foundation for smooth, glowing skin is your skincare routine. If sunscreen isn’t apart of your daily skincare routine, it needs to be. With these six tips, your skin will be healthier and happier. If you’re a victim of sun damage, contact Elias Dermatology to discuss some rejuvenating facial options to get your skin back to where it used to be. 954-771-0582