Summer is finally here, but it’s not all beach balls and family vacations. The summer sun can harm your skin with its dangerous ultraviolet rays. In fact, this season is when you’re most likely to experience photoaging. If you’re interested in learning how you can prevent photoaging while still enjoying your summer, then continue reading below.
What Is Photoaging?
“Photoaging” is the name for the process by which the sun damages your skin and causes your skin to age prematurely. Photoaging makes you look older than what you are and can result in skin cancer.
How Can I Protect My Skin Against Photoaging?
Too often, people can take sunscreen for granted. However, applying sunscreen whenever you go outside for an extended period will help to reduce the risk of premature aging. Sunscreen also fights against age spots and wrinkles. If you want your sunscreen to be effective, then you should buy a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. The higher the SPF the more protected you are from uv damage.
Limit Your Exposure To The Sun
No sun protection cream will protect against uv damage 100%. Therefore, your skin is vulnerable to sun damage anytime you go outside. Although our bodies do need natural sunlight, too much of it has adverse effects. You can slow down the photoaging process by limiting how often you go outside. Going outside before the sun peaks (i.e., 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.) or after it peaks is another method by which you can reduce over-exposure to the sun.
Hydration is key to staving off sun spots, age spots, wrinkles, and other forms of sun-related aging signs. Water feeds your cells and allows your cells to keep your skin elastic, bright, and glowing. When you’re dehydrated, your skin may look flaky, discolored, and droopy.
Wear Protective Clothing
Most people prefer wearing short sleeves and tank tops during the warmer months. You can stay cool without exposing your skin to sun damage. Cotton shirts, sunhats, sunglasses, cotton jeans, and maxi dresses are comfortable clothing options that can protect your skin against photoaging without making you too hot during the summer.
See A Dermatologist In Plantation, FL
A licensed dermatologist can help you prevent photoaging and provide more tips on protecting yourself from UV damage. Call Plantation Dermatology at 954-577-5161 for more information.