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Going to be Outside a Lot? How to Keep Your Skin Protected

Going to be Outside a Lot? How to Keep Your Skin Protected

Skin Beautifying Treatments Highlands, NCWith nicer weather, it is highly likely that we all will be out in the sun more. Though we need to protect ourselves and our families at all times since the UVA Aging Rays of the sun are present even in the shade and indoors, we need to be especially careful when we are directly in the sun.  Therefore, we thought we would create a list of best practices that will keep your skin protected. Let’s take a closer look.

Wear Sunscreen

The best — let’s repeat that again — the best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen each and every day, rain or shine. Make sure you are applying sunscreen to every part of your body that is not thoroughly covered with sun protective clothing. Since there is a huge difference in sunscreens, make sure you are wearing the right one. There are 2 ways to get full effective coverage for both UVA and UVB. One is to use a combination of chemical sunscreens including avobenzine. The other is to use Zinc Oxide, a physical sunblock. The difference is that the chemical sunscreens are effective for only about an hour outside and perhaps 2 hours indoors. Zinc Oxide, which now goes on clear, however, is effective until you wash or rub it off. It, therefore, is practical and our recommendation. Using a sunblock with at least 8% Zinc Oxide gives you all the UVA and UVB (SPF) protection you need.

Try Self-Tanning Creams and Sprays

A lot of people think that because their skin is light and it hasn’t seen the sun in a few months, that they should get it ready and hit the tanning bed. However, tanning beds are basically a path toward skin cancer (Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists call them “skin cancer machines”). Skip the skin cancer and give your skin the extra glow by trying some sunless tanning cream or spray.

Cover Up

Another way to keep your skin shielded and protected? Cover it with a big hat and clothes. Hats are not perfect, but they do reduce some of the sun that gets to your face. Clothes are far from perfect either. Most only slow the UVA rays a little bit. There are, however, 2 things you can do to improve the effectiveness of clothing. One is to buy specific sun protective clothing. These are available at the Highland Hiker and other stores that sell sporting clothing. You can also wash the clothes you already own with Rit SunGuard, available at our office, on the net and some stores, once every 6 months.

Taking good care of your skin when out in the sun doesn’t have to be difficult. With these easy tips, you can, hopefully, keep your skin healthier and younger for longer. To learn more about skin care tips, schedule a consultation at our Highlands office today (828) 526-3783.

The Importance of Upkeep

Skin Beautifying Treatments Highlands, NCKeeping up with the Kardashians is one thing but keeping up with your skin’s health and appearance is a whole other ballgame. No matter what age you are,16 or 86, it’s essential to maintain your skin’s health and appearance both with in-office and at-home treatments. Whether your goal is to fight off wrinkles and/or spots or just to shield your skin from further sun damage, here are a few ways you can achieve these goals.

Fight Off Wrinkles

As we age, several things cause us to develop fine lines and wrinkles. First, we lose volume below the skin and the sun’s UVA rays cause the dermis, the support layer of the skin, to thin. As this happens, wrinkles begin to appear. With thickening of the outer dead cell layer of the skin weighing it down and increased function of the underlying muscles of facial expression, these wrinkles and lines worsen. If you do what you have been taught all your life and put a moisturizer on instead of removing the dry dead cell layer, you simply make the wrinkles worse. Luckily, with the combination of using face creams that contain ingredients like retinol to thicken the dermis and an alpha hydroxyl to remove the dead cells, getting frequent facials to remove the dead cells, using Botox to weaken the muscles and refilling the area under the skin with one of the Juvederm products or fat, you can fight off your wrinkles from the inside out.

Combat Hyperpigmentation or Redness

Exposure to the sun can result in hyperpigmentation and/or increased abnormal vascularity causing redness. Disease processes and hormonal fluxes can also cause pigmentary problems. These can leave you feeling self-conscious and always having to wear foundation to hide them. Luckily, with good skin care, frequent facial treatments such as microdermabrasion, facials or peels and/or IPL treatments we can correct these problems, leaving you with a more even complexion and a younger look.

Prevent Further Damage

One of the harshest things on your skin is no other than the sun itself. Not only can sun damage put you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer, but it can also cause premature wrinkles, sun spots, freckles, redness and other damage. We encourage our patients to wear a daily sunblock containing zinc oxide since it is impossible to stay out of the sun, even indoors. The new (actually over 20 years old) zinc oxide sunblocks are practical since you need to apply them only once or twice a day and they go on clear. The only other sunblock that blocks UVA, the cause of the problems, needs to be applied hourly if you are outside or every 2 hours if inside.

Here at Center For Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of upkeep and offer our patients a wide variety of non-invasive procedures and skin care options. Schedule your consultation with our Highlands office today!