Beat the heat. Protect your skin this summer
Monday, July 2, 2018
It feels good being out in the sun, but it doesn’t always do your skin a lot of good.
The sun’s rays put you at risk for wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer.
Nick Grimm, PA-C, at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, offers tips to keep your skin healthy and protected from the summer sun.
- Use sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply generously and reapply every two hours. Apply more often if you’re swimming or sweating.
- Get rid of expired sunscreen. The chemicals within sunscreen that protect your skin break down over time. It’s best to buy new sunscreen each summer.
- Stay in the shade. Find shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sun’s rays are at their strongest and most direct during this period and will do the most damage to your skin.
- Cover up. Wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet rays.
- Be careful on the water. On top of wearing protective water gear, like lifejackets, make sure you apply sunscreen. The sun’s rays bend at different angles when they hit the water, but you’re still going to catch some direct rays. Stay under a canopy if you’re in a boat on the water.
- The closer you are to the equator, the more direct the sunlight. If you’re on vacation, plan accordingly and take extra precautions to avoid getting sunburned.
- Avoid tanning beds. They can cause long-term skin damage and put you at risk for skin cancer.
- Sunscreen with chemicals is still better than no sunscreen at all. Some sunscreens use chemical blockers that absorb the UV radiation, others use mineral bases that form a barrier on your skin and reflect the UV rays. If your choice is between using a chemical sunscreen and not wearing any at all, opt for the protection.
“These tips apply to everyone. Anyone in the sun should be taking precautions to protect their skin,” Grimm says. “If you’ve had skin cancer, you’re at an even higher risk for damage from the sun’s rays.”
Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic offers an easy way to protect your skin and keep it looking healthy.
Intellishade® products, part of the Revision Skincare® line, have broad-spectrum SPF 45, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The products also are designed to provide a healthy glow, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and hydrate your skin.
“The Intellishade® line has key ingredients that protect the skin from further damage and provides full sun protection,” Grimm says. “Our Intellishade® TruPhysical™ moisturizer is an especially great alternative to other store-bought sunscreens because it’s mineral-based and is free from chemicals.”
To request an appointment for dermatology services at Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, call 920-288-8240 or do so online.