Protecting Skin from Sun Damage

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One of the best things we can do for our skin daily is to protect it from sun damage. Sun damage can present itself as fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and even cancer. We should take every precaution to protect our skin and keep it as healthy as possible by following these few tips1

1) Always wear a sunscreen, even when it's cloudy or cold outside. Use a broad spectrum SPF that protects from both UVA and UVA rays for the best results. The sun's rays, though weaker in winter, can still cause damage if you don't wear sunscreen. 

2) Avoid spending too much time in the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm when the sun's rays are the strongest. If you are out during this time, try to stay in the shade as much as possible!

3) Wear a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing whenever possible and reapply sunscreen every two hours (and even more frequently when you've been swimming or sweating). 

It is also important to remember that sunscreen does expire! The FDA requires sunscreens to last for three years so if you have anything older than that throw it out and get new sunscreen. Be sure to check the expiration date on your bottle. If the bottle doesn't have one, write the date you bought it on the bottle to keep track. 

Furthermore, sun exposure and laser treatments do not get along! If a client comes in with sun exposure on the day of their appointment for a treatment such as laser hair removal, we must send them home and wait for the skin to heal. Laser hair removal works best on untanned skin and unbleached hair so the less sun exposure you have, the better the results! Sun exsposure can also make the skin more sensitive to light-based treatments and chemicals. The main complication we worry about is hyperpigmentation which is why we always encourage our clients to be truthful about their sun expsoure before any treatment so we can manage your care appropriately! If you have any questions or concerns regarding your sun exposure in relation to your treatment our aestheticians are always here to help! 

Author
Katie Rymon Katie is the office manager for Allure Medical Spa and Laser Center and the Continence Management Institute. She has two small children and in her free time enjoys running, reading, and baking.

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