I am hoping you will learn from the Q and A below. Get a refresher on how to take great care of your skin during these summer months!
SHOULD I REALLY WEAR SUNSCREEN DAILY? IS THERE SUCH THING AS A HEALTHY GLOW?
OK… Here are the facts…
If your bare face is in the sun, the sun’s rays are penetrating the skin and disrupting collagen and damage the elastin fibers. Collagen and elastin are essentially “youth like” proteins that are responsible for skins firmness and suppleness. Elastin gives structure to your skins and allows it to bounce back after stretching or contracting. Over time, the sun WILL slowly damage these proteins and cause sagging, and fine lines and wrinkles. The sun’s rays (both UVA and UVB) penetrate cells, activating melanin causing redness, blotchiness, and brown spots. This radiation causes cellular damage which sadly, over time, can lead to various skin cancers.
Look at the skin on your “bottom” and compare it to your face or other sun exposed areas. Its likely that your “bum” is supple and without wrinkles, and not as red, blotchy or pigmented as your face. Over time, these sneaky UV rays do their damage. Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen DAILY. No matter what you are doing… all year round. Sunlight can penetrate glass (like when you are driving) and penetrate your skin on cloudy days too. A good sunscreen will block these rays! Pick one best suited for your skin type. The glow of a suntan is temporary and comes with wrinkly cost. I’d rather opt for sunscreen and a bronzer!
ISNT SOME SUN GOOD FOR YOU?
Actually YES, IT IS! It’s just not great for your SKIN. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D, so getting some sun exposure (10 to 15 minutes minimum periodically) is very healthy. Sunlight also boosts brain chemicals called endorphins which boost your mood and energy levels and makes us feel good. No need to hide indoors all the time! My recommendation … cover your face, neck and decollate with sunscreen daily and let other areas of your body moderately absorb some Vitamin D and mood boosting sunlight!
MY SKIN IS ALREADY DAMAGED FROM THE SUN, IS THERE ANYTHING TOPICALLY I CAN PUT ON TO FIX IT?
Topical products (likely of the stronger medical grade strength) with antioxidants can increase collagen and elastin production over time. Examples of antioxidants include products with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, green tea, resveratrol, and retinols (Vitamin A derivatives). All of these ingredients have been shown to boost collagen over time applied topically. Hmmmm… have you noticed a theme with these antioxidants? Yes, antioxidants come from food! Fresh fruits, Vegetables, Teas are all loaded with antioxidants. Eating more of these can boost the collagen and elastin in your skin as well. Why not hit the damage from the inside and out?
WHY DOES MY SKIN BREAK OUT IN THE SUMMER?
The heat can also cause blood vessel dilation over time causing telangectasias (small broken blood vessels). Products with caffeine may help temporarily, but you will likely need IPL photofacial to get rid of those on the face. The heat can also make you more prone to breakouts. Consider choosing oil free products if you are experiencing this and cleanse more frequently to keep pores clean.
WHY IS MY SKIN MORE DRY AND ROUGH IN THE SUMMER?
First and foremost… Hydrate. Drink lots of water.
If you are noticing your skin is more reddish, dry and rough… this could also be a reaction to minor sun damage as well, so consider exfoliating periodically with an AHA or glycolic acid product to remove the excess damaged dead skin cells on the surface.
My prescription for healthier skin this summer…
- Sunscreen daily on face, neck and decollate
- Increase cleansing with increased breakouts
- Antioxidants (inside and out)
- Exfoliate weekly with dry skin
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