As the temperature heats up this summer, it’s a perfect time to step up your skincare routine to fight against photo-damage. Sun exposure over time can not only lead to increased risk of skin cancers, but it can also lead to uneven pigmentation of the skin, wrinkles, and thinning of collagen.
- ALWAYS wear a sunscreen SPF 30 or above. Look for broad-spectrum, yet lightweight products such as Elta MD UV Clear 46 or La Roche Posay’s Ultralight Fluide 45 so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin as the weather gets warmer.
- Talk to your dermatologist about starting a topical retinoid skincare product, as studies shows it can reverse early signs of photoaging, boost collagen production, and diminish fine lines.
- Reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours. It sounds tough, but it is easy with a product like the Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder Brush.
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants: fresh berries, tomatoes, broccoli, and goji berries to reduce oxidative stress induced by UV exposure.
- Boost your skincare regimen with a Vitamin C product, which will not only protect against UV damage, but brighten your overall complexion as well. My favorites include Skinceutical’s C E Ferrulic Serum or Skinmedica’s C and E Complex.
- When engaging in heavy outdoor activities, consider an oral supplement like Heliocare, which have concentrated antioxidant activity to boost your “internal SPF” and decrease your risk of getting sunburned.
- If you have little ones younger than six months old, sunscreen is not safe on their delicate skin. Consider alternatives like sun protective clothing. K&J Sunprotective Clothing will keep your little ones sun safe and fashionable!
- Chill out in the shade. Avoid doing heavy outdoor activities when the sun is strongest, between the hours of 10-3pm.
- Buy a pair of fabulous sunglasses. They not only look cool, but protect the eyes from UV damage.
- Check the expiration date on your sunscreen . . . Last year’s might be expired. Don’t keep it in the car, as the heat can breakdown the ingredients that are sun-protective. Apply a golf-ball size amount about 20 minutes before heading outdoors.
. . . Shared by Dr. Chiu and The Derm Institute Team