Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Excessive exposure to the sun can affect your skin in various ways. Some changes, like increased wrinkles and freckles, may be frustrating but not necessarily dangerous. However, changes in color or unusual marks may indicate a deeper problem, like early stages of skin cancer. To protect your skin from the sun, there are several things to keep in mind.

How dangerous is the sun? There are many elements to factor into this equation. With the right precautions, you can enjoy those blissful rays of sunshine without having to worry about causing permanent damage to your skin.  And reduce your chances of developing various types of skin cancers.

Sun damage develops over time, so it is never too late to get started on a sun protection regimen and implement it in your everyday life.

Maximum Exposure

The sun is most intense between the hours of 10am and 4pm If you look down and notice a shorter shadow, try to find some shade.

While these are the prime hours for sun exposure, spending more than fifteen minutes out in the sun warrants some protection for your skin.

Things You Can Do to Protect Your Skin

If relying on shade is not an option, there are a few other things you can do to protect your skin:

Look for a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 to deflect and absorb damaging UV rays. SkinCeuticals offers a variety of sunscreen formulas, from mattifying sunscreens for oily skin to water resistant sunscreens specifically designed for extreme outdoor workouts. Apply at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.

Apply Protective Lip Balm

Many people forget to protect their lips when venturing out into the sun, even though they are highly susceptible to burns. Be sure to apply a protective lip balm every hour.

Shield Your Eyes

The sun can wreak havoc on the eyes, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging. It could also cause cataracts, which affect your vision.

Cover your eyes, and the skin around them, with sunglasses. Wider lenses offer more protection, and make sure they have a label indicating 100% protection from UV rays.

Hang on to Your Hat

Create your own shade with a wide-brimmed hat that covers your face, ears, and neck.

Choose UPF Clothing

Like sunscreen, UPF clothing ranges from 15 to 50+, with higher levels offering more protection. These clothes have a special coating that help absorb UVA and UVB rays. Darker, tightly woven fabrics also provide more protection in general.

Treating Damaged Skin

There are several moisturizing creams and anti-inflammatories available for relieving sunburns. Even wearing sunscreen on a daily basis can help your skin heal and possibly reverse the damage. However, if blisters develop, you should seek medical care.

You should also watch for other warning signs, like freckles or other marks that are unusual in shape or color. Many symptoms of skin damage can be treated by medical professionals if caught in the early stages.

Sun Exposure and Damage: Q & A

Question: “How long can I safely be exposed to the sun, without sunscreen?”

Answer: It’s difficult to say. In the past, the ozone layer helped protect us by blocking harmful UV rays. Over the years the ozone layer has decreased due to air pollution and other environmental factors. As stated by the American Skin Association, we need to better protect ourselves.

A few minutes in the sun, here and there should be OK and can be beneficial, however, the time should be limited 10 – 15 minutes a day.

Question: “When do I need to wear sunscreen?”

Answer: The sun doesn’t sleep in the winter or even on a cloudy day. In fact, cloudy days can even be worse because you don’t feel the rays coming through as much. But guess what? They are still there. Incorporate sunscreen into your daily skin routine for maximum protection from the sun.

Question: “Is there any way to reverse or stop sun damage once you have gotten it?

Answer: Keeping up with regular sun protection throughout the year does help and can reverse or even stop further damage. Other things to do along with sunscreen use are moisturizing, exfoliation (to remove dead cells), staying hydrated, and always follow your doctor’s orders if there are any concerns.

Question: “Is there any way to reverse or stop sun damage once you have gotten it?

Answer: Keeping up with regular sun protection throughout the year does help and can reverse or even stop further damage. Other things to do along with sunscreen use are moisturizing, exfoliation (to remove dead cells), staying hydrated, and always follow your doctor’s orders if there are any concerns.

Protecting your skin from the sun is a necessary way to keep your skin healthy and looking youthful. Utilize protection everyday for the best results.

Not sure which one to try?

SkinCeuticals offers a range of protection for varying skin types and lifestyles, that deflect and absorb those harmful rays. To find the best one for you check out their line of products here:

Three Essential Skincare Tips for Men

Three Essential Skincare Tips for Men

Men often face the same complicated skincare problems as women such as wrinkles, dryness, dark spots, and adult acne, but it gets spoken about a lot less. We do get many requests for skincare tips for men.

Fortunately, solving these problems doesn’t have to be complicated, time consuming or involve multiple skincare products.

In fact, your skincare daily routine doesn’t have to take longer than five minutes a day to complete! By following these three simple but essential skincare steps for men, one can achieve clearer, younger-looking skin without a hassle.

1) Get in a Daily Routine 

Cleanse Your Face Daily
Taking care of your skin should be a part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. Cleanse your skin once or twice a day using a gentle cleanser and follow up with a moisturizer.

To see the best results, use products that are tailored to your skin type.  If you have issues with acne, dark spots, or wrinkles, add in an additional serum or cream once a day to problem areas.

If you are looking a highly-effective and specialized line of skin care products, our exclusive Neocutis line will help you start a skincare routine that will give your skin the essentials it needs to look its best.

2) Exfoliate 

Facial Peel
Exfoliating your skin regularly will remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and create a dull appearance. You should exfoliate once or twice a week with products that are safe to use at home. This takes about the same amount of time as washing your face and you can use basic items from around your kitchen, like sugar or lemon juice.

For a deeper cleaning of your pores, we recommend a professional Chemical Peel. A Chemical Peel is non-surgical procedure performed that will instantly improve skin tone and texture. In our offices, we analyze your skin to develop a customized Chemical Peel treatment plan, ensuring you achieve your desired results.

One of our most popular treatment plans is our lunchtime peel, a 30-minute procedure that has instant results and allows patients to return to work the same day without having to worry about redness or peeling.

3) Protect Your Skin

Protect Your Skin
Whether you’re spending all day in meetings or on a basketball court, always wear sunscreen. The sun and UV rays cause damage to your skin, increasing your risk of skin cancer and aging your appearance.

Our SkinCeuticals broad spectrum sunscreens deflect and absorb damaging UVA and UVB rays and offer a range of protective formulas for a variety of skin types and lifestyles.

Simply apply a non-greasy, quick drying sunscreen after washing your face in the morning and you’ll be set for the rest of the day!

When you have concerns about your skin, it is important to consult with a skincare professional. Everyone likes to look and feel their best. At NJVVC, we really do understand the concerns you may have with your skin.

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