How to Help your Skin Survive the Summer

skin care treatments flint miSince the 1980s, more people have developed skin cancer than all other cancers combined. About 90% of skin aging is a direct result of sun exposure.  With warmer weather pushing people to get outside, here are some suggestions to help care for your skin.

  • Lip balm: If you plan on being outside for an extended period, apply a lip balm with at least an SPF 15 every two hours. Avoid high gloss lip wear, petroleum jellies, or oils, as they attract the sun.
  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a highly effective defense against skin cancer and sunburn. Daily sunscreen application can lower your risk of skin aging by about 24%. Be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.  Today, there are more sunscreen options available than ever including creams, gels, spray, lotions, and ointments. Be sure to identify a sunscreen brand and type that you really like so you’ll tend to use it more often.
  • Clothing: Your ears and scalp are the most exposed during a day at the park so remember to grab a hat before you step out the door. Luckily, there are a variety of stylish hat options that are on trend this season including cowboy hats, straw sun hats, and the classic floppy sun hat. If you are particularly active and are outside for most of the day, consider investing in clothing that is specifically designed to deflect UV rays. Look for garments that include an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) label. This rating shows a number of rays that are soaked up by the fabric. Other less effective but smart apparel options include clothes made of unbleached cotton, high-luster polyesters, and silks, which deflect or absorb UV rays and stop them from touching your skin.
  • Sunglasses: In the same way that the sun can burn skin, extended exposure to UV rays can make the whites of your eyes red. In severe cases, it can lead to eye problems like macular degeneration. When picking a pair of sunglasses look for labels that are impact resistant and tout a UV protection of 400. Oversized sunglasses are still in fashion this season so take full advantage of this high style trend. Aviator styles are also effective in covering the delicate skin around the eye area.

If you have any questions about how to give your skin a more youthful appearance, contact Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery. You can reach our office at 248-357-5100. We look forward to helping you!

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