Here are four ways to look your best without the summer sun and heat getting the best of you.
1. Use Sunscreen – Apply and Reapply
Besides UVA rays contributing to premature aging, just one sunburn every two years as an adult triples your risk of Melanoma. Sunscreen only works if you apply it and reapply frequently especially when you’re swimming or perspiring. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+.
2. Cover Up
UPF50 sun protective clothing offers built-in sun protection that does not wash out or wear off. It’s a great way to guard yourself with an extra layer for extended period of time outdoors.
3. Get a Spray or Self-Tanner
Get a fake tan? Yes! There are some really great self-tanners and salons that offer spray tans without doing any damage to your skin. Another benefit of self-tanners or sprays is that you avoid the strappy line look from bathing suits.
4. Get Rid of Sun Damage
Summer is actually a good time to get rid of existing sun damage – both cosmetic sun damage such as brown and red spots and actinic keratoses (AK) which are precancerous skin lesions that can become cancerous if not treated. AKs can be quickly treated with blue light photodynamic therapy which has a 90% cure rate. Chemical peels and laser treatments are an affordable and effective way to remove years of sun damage. If you want rejuvenation at a deeper level including wrinkle reduction, fractional CO2 laser is the way to go.
Best wishes for a safe and relaxing and sun-safe summer!
For more information, contact Dr. Timothy Jochen, board certified dermatologist and founder of Contour Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center, at (760) 423-4000 or visit www.contourderm.com. Dr. Jochen is an expert in Mohs surgery. He also is an Associate Professor at USC. He was voted a Top Doctor by his peers in 2017 and voted a Best of the Valley Winner for Best Surgeon in 2018 by Desert Sun readers.
Last modified: May 3, 2018