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Smart Summer Skin Strategies

Posted on 20. May, 2014 by in Skin Care, Sunscreen, Various, Vitamin C

Summer is upon us and so are the seasonal changes in our complexion.

 

Most instructions on sunscreen labels recommend reapplying sunscreen "frequently", but the definition of "frequently" is vague. A common instruction is to reapply sunscreen after 2-4 hours in the sun. However, one study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is more effective than waiting 2 hours.

Most instructions on sunscreen labels recommend reapplying sunscreen “frequently”, but the definition of “frequently” is vague. A common instruction is to reapply sunscreen after 2-4 hours in the sun. However, one study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is more effective than waiting 2 hours.

When the temperature soars we can experience an over production of oil and a see our pores clog with sweat, dirt and debris. Our first response is to scrub, scrub, and scrub away several times a day.  This is not the right solution.

 

By washing too often or too aggressively,  you can actually stimulate more oil production!  Cleansing the skin twice daily is usually all that is needed to keep it clean.  You may want to switch to a cleanser that contains salicylic acid once a day in the summer months to help combat the extra oil. You can also look for a cleanser that is specifically made for oily/problem skin.  These cleansers will help ensure that dead skin cells will be removed and help to unclog the pores.

 

Elta MD is dermatologist recommended sunscreen

Elta MD Sunscreen line is sold at Abrams Dermatology

90% of aging is related to photo or sun damage.  With that being said you will also want to make sure you have a brand new sunscreen made for your particular skin type. Using the same sunscreen as last season can mean a less potent product.  Look for a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 and that ideally contains the mineral zinc.  Zinc is a physical block that will protect from both UVA – aging rays and UVB – burning rays. Different skin types need different types of sunscreens.  There are products that cater to blemish prone skin, dry, mature skin, and normal – combination skin.   Sunscreen should be applied about 30 minutes before outdoor exposure and should be re-applied every 2 hours during activity.

 

Summer months are also a good time to think about introducing a good antioxidant to your at- home skin care routine.  Antioxidants fight the free radicals – free radicals are the radiation from the sun, the environmental pollution and stress, etc. that we experience daily.  These things cause our skin to age and bring on the brown spots, the fine lines and wrinkles!   One of the best antioxidants continues to be a stabilized topical form of Vitamin C.  Used once daily during the a.m. hours, Vitamin C helps to protect you from those environmental stressors.

 

You may find that being engaged in continuous outdoor activity will require you to cut back on your use of retinols,

This topical Tretinoin cream helps to reduce fine facial wrinkles, rough skin and irregular pigmentation. Most dermatologists view topical retinoids as the cornerstone of treatment for sun damaged skin and acne.

This topical Tretinoin cream helps to reduce fine facial wrinkles, rough skin and irregular pigmentation. Most dermatologists view topical retinoids as the cornerstone of treatment for sun damaged skin and acne.

exfoliants and prescription strength Retin A. Going to a maintenance dose of Retin A every three days will still be enough to keep your cells turning over properly but will give you a bit of a break with sun sensitivity.  Retin A is considered the gold standard in anti aging products and is a prescription strength topical drug.  Always talk to your physician when starting prescription strength products to make sure you are a good candidate and that you are educated properly in its use.

Summer is a great time of year to be enjoying all the activities that are available to us.  Just remember there are sometimes a few changes that need to be made to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

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