The use of proper sunscreen cannot be emphasized enough. Not only is it a key defense against skin cancer (the most common form of cancer in the U.S.), it also helps keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. Unfortunately, just applying sunscreen on a hot summer day isn’t enough to safeguard against sun damage. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that sunscreen be used year round, no matter what the weather is like outside. In this blog post, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Sayah explains why.
The Sun Never Rests
While you may have remembered to apply sunscreen before heading to the beach or lounging poolside this summer, the truth is you are still at risk for sun damage during cold, cloudy weather. Nearly 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays can reach your skin on a cloudy day. What’s more, snow, sand and water reflect the sun’s rays, increasing the need for sunscreen use.
Now you may be thinking you’re not spending as much time outdoors now that the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler. However, research shows that as little as few minutes a day without proper sun protection can cause noticeable signs of aging over time. You may not be at risk for sunburns as you were during the summer, but wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and age spots can slowly start to form on your skin. The best way to maintain the healthy, youthful glow to your skin is by practicing proper skin care, including using sunscreen.
Proper Sunscreen Use
You should wear sunscreen whenever you are outside. This includes when you are outside exercising, gardening or running errands. Make sure you wear sunscreen that offers the following:
Sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher
Broad-spectrum protection that protects against both UVA and UVB rays
Make sure to apply sunscreen on all parts of the body that are exposed. The AAD recommends you use about an ounce (approximately the size of a shot glass) to cover all of the exposed areas of the body. For proper sunscreen use, be sure to read the instructions on the sunscreen bottle. Many sunscreens require you to reapply every two hours, while others recommend you apply the sunscreen about 15 minutes before going outdoors.
How to Erase Sun Damage
If you are seeing unsightly signs of sun damage starting to surface, consider a non-surgical treatment with Dr. Sayah. He offers several treatments that repair sun damage and achieve a younger-looking, rejuvenated facial appearance.
A chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the texture of your skin. The treatment removes the top layer of damaged skin to reveal a healthier, more radiant glow. A chemical peel treats fine wrinkles, brown age spots, uneven skin pigmentation and other age- and sun-related conditions.
Laser skin resurfacing uses pulsating beams of focused laser light to vaporize old, damaged skin cells in the top layer of the skin. This promotes the growth of healthy skin cells for a smoother, healthier layer of skin. Dr. Sayah offers several laser treatments, including the Photofacial, an effective treatment for age spots, redness, fine lines and acne scars.
To learn more about your skin resurfacing options, speak to plastic surgeon and skin care specialist Dr. Sayah. For a personal consultation, please call (310) 905-8405.