July 4, 2023
Sun damage prevention is all about minimizing exposure and risk, especially during the summer when the sun is at it’s strongest. Sun damage can have a lasting impact on your skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and an increased risk of skin cancer. While avoiding the sun altogether may not be possible, there are steps you can take to protect your skin and minimize the damage caused by harmful UV rays.
Summer is here, and with it comes more time spent outside in the sun. While it’s important to get some sunshine to boost your vitamin D levels, too much exposure can lead to sun damage. Here are my top 5 ways to help protect your skin!
By: Alison, Licensed Esthetician
One of the easiest ways to protect your skin from sun damage is to cover up. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen can help keep you cool while still providing protection. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time in the sun, consider investing in UV-protective clothing. Many brands make clothes with built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) that can block out up to 98% of UV rays.
Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin from sun damage and aging. It’s also quite possibly the most important tip in the discussion around sun damage prevention. Sunscreen works by absorbing or reflecting UV rays, preventing them from penetrating your skin.
When choosing a sunscreen, look for one that offers broad-spectrum protection, and one that is physical, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens can let rays penetrate the skin causing burns and irritation. These chemicals can also be toxic to the system. You should also choose a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
Another way to protect your skin from sun damage is to seek shade. When you’re outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. This can be especially important during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you’re at the beach or a park, look for a tree or an umbrella to sit under. If you’re out for a walk or a run, try to stay on the shady side of the street. Seeking shade can help reduce your overall exposure to UV rays and protect your skin from sun damage.
Wearing a hat is another easy way to protect your skin from sun damage. A wide-brimmed hat can provide shade for your face, neck, and shoulders. Look for a hat with a brim that’s at least three inches wide to provide adequate coverage. If you’re planning to be outside for a while, consider wearing a hat with a chin strap to keep it in place on windy days. Hats are also a stylish way to protect your skin from sun damage.
Take a proactive approach to protecting your skin. This would include being aware of your skin type and how much time you are spending outside without burning.
Finally, don’t forget to protect your eyes from sun damage. UV rays can damage your eyes just like they can damage your skin. Look for sunglasses that block out 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound sunglasses are a good choice because they provide more coverage than traditional sunglasses. If you wear prescription glasses, consider getting a pair of prescription sunglasses. Protecting your eyes from sun damage can help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems.
Protecting your skin from sun damage is important for your overall health and well-being. By wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen regularly, seeking shade, wearing a hat, and protecting your eyes, you can reduce your risk of sun damage and enjoy the outdoors safely. Don’t forget to also stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure during peak hours. Incorporate these tips into your summer routine, and your skin will thank you for it.
We hope these sun damage prevention tips help! If you need more tips or guidance on skincare products or treatments perfect for the summer—schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our providers! We’ll sit down, assess your skin using our VISIA Facial Analysis System, and develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. We’re here when you’re ready!