July is UV Safety Awareness Month! This is when the sun is at its most harsh, and most summer holidays have started — eyes and skin are more fully exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Hopefully you are already using sun protection to keep your eyes and skin shielded from damaging UVA and UVB rays.
There are many good reasons to protect the body from the burning hot sun and the number one reason is to avoid skin damage which can include pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and in the worst case, skin cancer.
Top 5 Sun Protection Tips!
Let’s talk about the best ways you can safeguard your skin from the sun.
Daily Sunscreen Application
Use a minimum of SPF 30 every single day and all year around. Even on cloudy days UV rays can cause damage to your skin (these rays can also pass through windows!). Get into the habit of making a SPF lotion, cream or powder part of your daily skincare routine.
A very easy way to know if you are using enough SPF sunscreen is to use the two-finger method for face coverage. Spread an even amount of sunscreen to the length of two of your fingers — this is approximately the correct amount of sun protection needed for your face. Don’t forget your neck!
As a rule, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every two hours. Especially if you are swimming or sweating a lot; reapply SPF every time you get wet and dry off. Even if you are not at the beach you should still be touching up your SPF for full and consistent protection all day long. Get some travel size SPF minis so you are never without protection.
Be sure your SPF sunscreen has both UVA and UVB protection; these products are typically called ‘broad spectrum’. Like food products, makeup and skincare also have expiry dates. Check that your sunscreen is not old; if it has passed the expiry date then the active ingredients won’t be so protective.
Another tip is to keep your sunscreen lotions and sprays cool; heat has a way of making things turn bad, in this case, it might negatively affect the efficiency of the product. Plus, it will feel a lot nicer applying a cool lotion to your skin.
Watch Da Time!
Be diligent between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the most treacherous; this is the time when they are most intense during the summer months and you are at greater risk of high levels of UV exposure. Put on a cute beach hat already!
Este Medical Group Sun Damage Solutions for your Skin
Everyone is going to get a couple of sunburns over a lifetime, yet it’s the daily UV damage and neglect of protection that is going to do the real long-term harm. Many people are going to need professional skincare help as a result of too much sun exposure and/or tanning bed use. Fortunately there are numerous options available to treat and repair UV damage.
Here’s some of our top treatments to help repair sun damaged skin:
- Skin Pigmentation Treatment
- Mesotherapy Facial
- LED Phototherapy
- Botox Anti-Ageing Injections
- Pixel Laser Resurfacing
If you would like to discuss which Este treatments are best suited for you to address your skin repair and rejuvenation goals, then book a consultation today with an Este expert!