Posted May 16, 2018 in Sun Damage

five teens lying on the sand and sunbathingWhile we all want to believe that enjoying summertime has little or no impact on the health of our skin, this is generally not the case. With summer comes the most dangerous time for our skin exposure to damaging sun rays, and many people fail to take their sun protection routine seriously enough to protect themselves from the increased hazards.

Neglecting your skincare routine during the hot, sunny summer months not only affects your immediate complexion but also results in premature aging and other long-term aging effects.

In order to ensure that you are taking the best possible steps to protect your skin, Dr. Persky has compiled a list of ways to be proactive in your skin health.

Do Not “Forget” Sunblock

The greatest skin sin you can commit is “forgetting” to wear sunblock, especially since everyone is well aware of the danger of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Between the immediate sunburn, premature aging, and the risk of skin cancer, wearing sunblock is not something you can choose to ignore. Wearing sunblock is vital year-round, but it is essential during the summer months when you are spending more time outdoors in danger zones, such as the pool, golf course, or the beach. Sunblock strength should be at least SPF 30 and applied several times a day when exposed to the sun’s rays. Your sunblock should be a ”physical” block, not a “chemical” sunscreen. Physical sunblocks have as their main ingredient either Zinc or Titanium Oxide, make sure to check the ingredients of your sun protection! Even with hats, umbrellas, and staying in the shade, the strong summer rays of the sun reflect off the sand or concrete and cause damage to unprotected skin.

Drink Enough Water

Here in California, we are well aware of the toll hot summers and heat takes on our skin. During the summer heat, it is common to feel drained, tired, and “dry.” This condition is caused by dehydration. What is usually considered an adequate amount of water during California’s one or two months of “winter” is not enough water during the other months of the year since, during this time, your body is expelling and using water at a more rapid rate. This lack of hydration not only affects your internal health, but it also wreaks havoc on your skin, causing dry, wrinkled, and prematurely aging skin. Drinking an adequate amount of water is vital to keeping your skin soft, supple, and healthy.

Properly Clean Your Skin

Something about summer pushes us to stay out late with friends or family on adventures that will eventually become lifelong memories. Unfortunately for your skin health, it is common for the late nights and excitement to result in the reduction of adequate skin cleansing. It is easy to fall into bed after a late night; however, “forgetting” to take off your makeup and clean your face is doing more harm than you might realize, especially when you are being exposed to an increased amount of bacteria and dirt during the summer. A few minutes is all it takes to wash and moisturize your face, and trust us when we say that you will be thankful for it down the line.

Skin Care Products

A good skin regimen is essential to beautiful youthful skin. In addition to a good cleanser, everyone should use a skin toner after washing, followed by a “serum,” a vitamin A&D cream, and a moisturizer. The absolute best single product to avoid aging skin, other than sunblock, is a Retin-A product. Retinol or Retin-A should be applied every night before sleep for the rest of your life, your healthy skin will thank you for it for years to come.

Skincare during the summer is vital to your skin’s aesthetic look and health. However, if you have experienced sun damage, all is not lost. Contact Dr. Persky today at 818-501-FACE to find out what treatments can get you back on the right path. Dr. Persky is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Encino, California offering both surgical and non-surgical options for sun-damaged skin.