Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

Sun_DamageNowadays, most Arizonans use sunscreen to prevent their skin from frying in the intense summer heat, but is that enough to avoid sun damage? If you’re worried about your skin’s safety this summer, make sure to introduce these five simple best practices to your daily routine.

Tips to prevent sun damage this summer:

  • Use sun-protected moisturizers: The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that wearing sunscreen of SPF 15 or above can keep skin looking youthful and glowing. If you have a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, you won’t have to change your daily routine. We recommend SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20, or if you’re looking for a more traditional sunscreen, SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30 is one of our favorites.
  • Stay hydrated: This is especially important in the dry Arizona summers. Proper hydration is not only important for your overall health, but can also lead to glowing, radiant skin.
  • Avoid direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day: It is important to stay in the shade or stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Damaging UV rays are most powerful at this time, so you will want to avoid coming in direct contact with the sun. If you spend a lot of your time by windows, you may also want to consider installing UV-protecting film on your home, office or car windows.
  • Exfoliate: Rejuvenate your skin by removing dead cells, which can include damaged skin cells. Exfoliating is a great way to make your skin feel smooth, and it can prevent further damage by reducing excessive dryness.
  • Wear sun-protecting gear: Sunglasses guard your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Hats also create shade for your face, and both of these options can be quite stylish.

The Arizona summer is brutal, and it is important to avoid long periods of direct contact with the sun during the hottest months of the season. Following these simple ways to prevent sun damage can make your skin beautiful and youthful throughout the summer.

For more information about sun damage or to schedule an appointment with one of our skin care experts, call (480) 448-0918 or click here.

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