America’s favorite groundhog Punxsutawny Phil predicted we will see an early spring. Since he is accurate most years, I thought it would be the perfect time to remind everyone about the importance of sunscreen. If you’re looking to preserve your youth, you need to keep reading.
The Need for Sunscreen
Sunscreen blocks the sun’s harmful rays from damaging your skin. While you may have let the sun shine down on your face for many years when you were younger without worrying about any damage, as you get older your skin doesn’t hold up to it as well.
Many people can begin to develop sun spots as early as 20 years old, and others will see their skin start to wrinkle prematurely in their late 20s because of the sun’s effects.
It’s true the aging process has an effect on the skin, but coupled with the sun, the skin ages much faster. Fillers and BOTOX® can bring back the smooth, wrinkle-free skin you’ve known for so long, but you can delay the onset of wrinkles and keep your injectable results much longer by using sunscreen.
When to Apply Sunscreen
You should apply sunscreen year round. I know many people do not believe this, but even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can damage your skin.
You should apply sunscreen in the morning either after your moisturizer, or if you have sunscreen in your moisturizer that’s even better. You can also opt for tinted moisturizer with sunscreen to make it easier to reapply throughout the day.
You should reapply sunscreen depending on how long you are outside. Most people will need to reapply every couple of hours when they are outdoors.
What Else You Should Know
A tanned face may look nice for a little while, but it’s what that tan leaves behind that won’t be as nice. If you want to have that warm glow without damaging your skin, try self-tanners. These lotions, wipes, and sprays can give you a tan without harming your skin.
The amount of SPF in sunscreen matters. You should always choose a brad spectrum sunscreen that has at least 30 SPF. This means it will block the sun’s most harmful rays (UVA and UVB).
If your skin tends to break out with sunscreen, try different brands. Most people can find a brand that won’t cause breakouts, especially ones that are made for sensitive skin. Look for the label “non-comedogenic” on the product’s container, which means that it won’t clog pores.
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If you already have fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots, call me for a free consultation. They can be taken care of with many of my services such as Botox®, fillers and other skin care treatments. You can then keep your results even longer by applying sunscreen and moisturizer regularly.
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