Three steps you can take to care for your skin this summer
- Posted on: Jun 15 2017
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Covering about twenty square feet of total area, our skin works as a shield from microbes, defends against the elements, enables sensations like hot and cold, and helps control body temperature. It is miraculous which is why we need to take care of it. The balmy summer sun entices us to spend hours on end at the beach, the local park, and our backyard. While time outside is essential to general wellbeing, there are steps we can take to protect our skin as we enjoy the months ahead.
- Wear sunscreen daily: Sunscreen is an invaluable shield against the onset of skin cancer and sunburn. The majority of sun damage happens during the summer month, and skin cancer tops the list as the most common form of cancer in the United States. Over the years, sunscreen has been developed to fit any lifestyle and is now available in lotions, gels, sprays, ointments, and creams. There are even glitter versions for those who want to add an extra glow to their skin. When considering what brand and type of sunscreen to purchase be sure it is at least SPF 15 or higher, gives broad-spectrum protection, and is water resistant.
- Wear clothes that reflect UV rays: there are special brands available that create clothing specifically to deflect dangerous UV rays. These specialty clothing lines will have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) number that indicates how well the material will shield against the sun’s rays. The clothes already in your closet may provide sun protection as well. For instance, dark materials are more capable of absorbing UV rays and shielding your skin in the process. Do an inventory of clothing you have with close-set weaves or knits. These can help stop harmful UV rays from penetrating to your skin.
- Use cosmetics that also act as a UV protectant: There is certain to make up brands and moisturizers that have broad-spectrum SPF and UV deflection abilities. For instance, darker foundations and powders can act as a delicate protective coating. One of the easiest and ways to protect your face is to apply a dermatologically approved moisturizer containing sunscreen before you put on your makeup.
For more information on how to make your skin look its best this summer, contact Dr. Aron Kressel at 212.772.6968. for a consultation.
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