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Skincare and the Sun

In the past, having a copper-toned tan was considered by many to be the sign of beautiful, healthy skin. But today, we know that the sun can cause life-threatening damage to our skin, which is why it is more important than ever to protect your skin when it is exposed to the sun’s rays for any extended period of time.

At Longevity Skincare, state and nationally certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Crum recommends several ways to protect your skin from sun damage. But if you do suffer from skin damage, there are a number of treatments available at Longevity Skincare to help heal your damaged skin.

Advice From the Mayo Clinic

Among the suggestions from the Mayo Clinic in regard to skincare and the sun:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, re-apply sunscreen every two hours – or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing, which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
  • Hydrate. Richer lotions and moisturizers are good, but be sure to moisturize from the inside out. Drinking more water can help, as can other hydrating options, like coconut water and eating food with high water content, such as watermelon and cucumbers.

Shaving Takes Its Toll

  • Shaving your legs and/or face can wreak havoc on your skin, so be gentle. The Mayo Clinic suggests limiting your bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm – rather than hot – water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

More On Sunscreen

The Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends using a daily broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. For extended outdoor activity, they suggest using a water resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen alone is not enough, however.

Here are a few suggestions from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month

A Word About Eyes

In addition to protecting your skin, it is also essential to protect your eyes from too much exposure to the sun. Amazingly, 27 percent of U.S. adults say they never where sunglasses, according to the Vision Council. When you fail to protect your eyes, you expose yourself to a greater risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancer on the eyelids, which accounts for up to 10 percent of all skin cancers.

Take the Next Step to Keeping Your Skin Healthy

If despite taking precautions from the sun, you suffer from sun damage, make an appointment with Dr. Crum at Longevity Skincare today. She offers several non-invasive, natural treatments for sun-damaged skin, including LHE Microphototherapy, Clear Touch Light, LED Light Therapy and Microdermabrasion.

Make an appointment with Longevity Skincare today: (505) 263-7248.