Summertime is all about sunshine, but the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on your skin. How can you enjoy your outdoor activities without putting your skin at risk?
At Dr. David Zweiback’s medical practice in Vorhees, NJ, protection and prevention are the focus. Dr. Zweiback encourages his patients to protect themselves when enjoying the summer sun and provides a complete range of anti-aging skin treatments to keep you looking young and full of health.
Are you using enough sunscreen?
Most Americans don’t use enough sunscreen, don’t use a strong enough sunscreen, and don’t apply sunscreen properly. You’ll first need the right product - look for bottles labeled as offering broad spectrum UV ray protection. The one you choose should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, more if you are quite fair-skinned, or will be outdoors when the sun is at its highest.
Even if it’s cloudy outside, you should slather on a solid layer and let it soak in for about 15 minutes before leaving the house. Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen to their face, ears, and the tops of their feet, so use a shot glass as a measure and apply every drop, paying close attention to those vulnerable areas. Take the bottle with you - you’ll need to reapply just as generously every two hours, or every hour if you get wet by sweating or by swimming. Grab a 30+ SPF lip balm, too - sunburn on the lips can really sting!
Don’t shun the shade.
Try to minimize your outdoor time when the sun is high in the sky (between the hours of 10am and 2pm). Take advantage of all the shade you can, from trees and umbrellas to long sleeves and pant legs, hats, and sunglasses. Even cloudy days pose a threat when it comes to potential sunburn - it may feel cool on your skin due to a breeze and lack of bright sun, but UV rays go right through the cloud layer and can bounce back and forth between water and the sand.
Think about health conditions or medications
Certain types of medications or procedures can put you at higher risk of sunburn. If you take any prescribed antibiotics, antifungals, blood pressure medications, chemotherapy drugs, or even over-the-counter treatments like anti-inflammatories or acne medications, double down on sun protection. Cosmetic treatments like skin tightening, laser hair removal, or skin resurfacing can make your skin quite sensitive to sun.
Enjoy your sunny vacation, but be aware of skin and sun protection. If you notice skin damage or dark spots, anti-aging treatment can help you restore your skin health and youthful appearance.
To book an appointment with Dr. Zweiback, contact our Vorhees, NJ, office at 215-234-7694 or conveniently book your consultation online.