How to Avoid Sun Damage

sun damageSun exposure is a part of everyday life. Whether you are at the beach, fishing, or even going for an evening walk, it can be easy to forget about the UV rays that are beaming down from the sky. Overexposure to UV rays can lead to sun-damaged skin, along with health and aesthetic complications. Luckily, we have some tips for you to keep your skin safe when you’re out in the sun.

Tips for Avoiding Sun Damage

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your skin healthy while you’re out and about.

Find Shade

If you find yourself out and about during peak UV hours, it is important to find shade when you can to give your skin a break from the sun’s intense radiation.g. Spending prolonged periods out in this environment can pose a threat to your skin’s health.

Use the Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

Using sunscreen is a great way to make sure that your skin is protected from harsh UV rays. The key thing to remember with sunscreen is that the higher the SPF rating, the more protection it provides.. We recommend choosing a sunscreen with a SPF rating of 30 or higher.

Wear Sun-Protective Clothing

Wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs can help you avoid direct sunlight and keep it protected from getting any sun damage. You can find clothing with SPF ratings at many shops, and if you are curious about how much protection a piece of clothing will give you, just hold it up to the light and see how much light gets passed through the fabric. Thicker, darker-colored clothing is going to give you more protection than a thin white t-shirt.

However, it is important to dress appropriately for the season and ensure you’re wearing light, airy fabrics that do not lead to overheating or trap sweat and dirt under the clothing.

Signs of Sun Damage 

If you have spent a lot of time outside and are concerned about sun damage on your face or body, here are some signs to be mindful of:

  • Wrinkling in the skin
  • Loss of elasticity in the skin
  • Pigmentation changes, like dark spots or freckles
  • Rough and uneven skin texture

Treatments for Sun Damage 

There are a few different ways that you can treat sun damage. Some laser treatments that are offered to treat sun damage are Laser GenesisFraxel DUAL, and Excel V.

All of these treatments use lasers to address signs of sun damage.

Chemical peels are also beneficial for many patients as they eliminate damaged layers and promote healthy skin growth., Topical medications may also be used to help sun damage in the form of prescription ointments.

Personalized Skin Care Treatments to Heal and Prevent Sun Damage

At AesthetiSpa Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in Mount Pleasant, SC, we offer a wide variety of treatment options to help treat skin impacted by sun exposure. Led by Dr. Christy L. Cone, the team here is full of medical professionals that can provide you with world-class service.

If you want to learn more about these treatments, call us at 843-849-9925 or schedule a free consultation online. We look forward to speaking with you!

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