Summer is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to talk about sun protection. Experts say that as little as a few minutes outdoors a day can cause sun damage, which includes premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sunburns.
In this blog post, Greenwich plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles shares her top tips for sun care.
Make Sunscreen Your New Best Friend
Sunscreen is one of the most important defenses against sun damage. Here is what you need to know about sunscreen:
- Always use broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against UVA rays (rays responsible for premature wrinkling) and UVB rays (rays that cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer).
- Choose sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
- Apply sunscreen on every exposed area of the body, including the ears, behind the ears, around the eyes, neck, décolletage and hands.
- Use a lip balm with an SPF of 15 for your lips.
- Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or after you’ve been in the water.
- Sunscreens have an expiration date. If you can’t find a date on the bottle, throw it out after three years.
- Wear sunscreen even during cloudy, overcast weather.
Be smart about sun exposure. Whenever you’re planning on staying outdoors for an extended amount of time, remember to:
- Seek shade when possible, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wear wide-rimmed, wraparound sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection.
- Wear protective clothing, including broad-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts.
Practice a Good Skin Care Regimen
Good skin requires maintenance. Here are a few tips to incorporate into your at-home skin care regimen:
- Exfoliate two to three times a week with a gentle scrub.
- Wash your face using a gentle cleanser before going to bed.
- For convenience, consider using a moisturizer with built-in sunscreen.
- Use medical-grade skin care products with nourishing ingredients. If you are unsure which products are best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles. She and her team can help you select the products that are most appropriate for you based on your skin type and needs.
Seek Professional Help
If your at-home skin care regimen is not giving you the results you desire, seek professional help. Dr. Margoles offers an array of skin treatments that she can tailor to meet your specific needs. Among the most popular treatments she offers is a chemical peel, a minimally invasive treatment that removes the damaged and dull top layers of the skin to make way for healthier and smoother skin. She also offers intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, which uses pulsating beams of focused laser light to destroy damaged skin cells on the superficial layers of the skin. This triggers the body’s collagen production to create younger-looking skin.
To discuss your cosmetic treatment options for sun damage, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 or emailing us today.