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A Few Summer Tips to Prevent Sun Damage

June is just around the corner, which means it’s time to bust out your flip-flops, shorts, sleeveless shirts and sunglasses. Summertime means afternoons by the pool, picnics in the park, barbecues in the backyard and walks on the beach. But most of all, summer means sun – lots of it! During the summertime, your skin is exposed to large amounts of harmful UVA and UVB rays. But never fear!

Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center has done the research for you. Here’s a list of sure-fire ways to keep your skin protected, along with some great treatments to help keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Get rid of those sunspots and fine lines today at Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center!

UVA Rays vs. UVB Rays

The recommended amount of sun exposure each day is a maximum of 15 minutes before 10 AM or after 2 PM. UVA rays and UVB rays are the main culprits behind sun damage.

UVA rays are much less intense than UVB rays. Even when it’s cloudy outside, UVA rays are present, which is why it’s important to make sure that sunscreen application is a part of your everyday routine. UVA rays are responsible for those wrinkles you see forming under your eyes and around your mouth. They are also the cause of sunspots. Because UVA rays penetrate through glass, it’s important to protect yourself in the car while driving as well. These rays can be a catalyst in the formation of cancer.

UVB rays cause more damage to the surface of your skin than UVA rays. They’re why sunburns happen and are also responsible for hyperpigmentation and age spots. That redness on your shoulders and back are the cause of strong UVB rays. Too much exposure can cause tumors, which can then develop into cancer.

Ways to Prevent Sun Damage

Sunscreen should be applied all day and every day. This is the most common and obvious way to assure some kind of sun protection for your skin. Be sure to apply a healthy dab about 20 minutes before you go outside. This is strongly advised as doing so will let your skin absorb the protective ingredients. Be sure to reapply other amounts throughout the day for better protection.

Salicylic or Glycolic Acids

People with oily skin types should try to use skin cleansers that contain salicylic or glycolic acids, which loosen dead skin cells and prevent future breakouts. But it’s important to use products with these acids only at night because they can cause the skin to become sensitive to the sun.

Get a Moisturizer with a High SPF and Drink More Water

Many new moisturizers contain SPF protection, so it shouldn’t be difficult finding one to help make your skin sun-proof. Also, remember to drink water throughout your day to keep yourself hydrated and to help prevent heat stroke.

Don’t Forget About Protecting Your Hands and Feet

Make sure to protect your neck, hands and feet. You’ll be showing off those open-toed sandals everywhere you go. Want to look younger? These parts of your body are more likely to give away your real age. Age spots often develop on these parts of the body, so if you’re going for a younger look, you will want to protect yourself with hand cream that contains a high SPF and sunscreen on your neck and feet. Always remember to reapply.

Already Suffering from Dark Spots?

Maybe you spent the entire summer in the sun and have noticed that your face has begun to develop dark spots. This is called hyperpigmentation, which can be caused by sunburns and UV exposure over time. Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center is fully aware of the difficulty of dealing with this unpleasant condition. We offer a variety of products and treatments that can help diminish those annoying scars and dark spots:

Glytone Products – From skin lightening cream to skin lightening gel, Glytone offers an at-home treatment program that can restore your skin’s color.

Glutathione Injection – Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that not only prevents hyperpigmentation problems by brightening skin tones, but also helps in decreasing the appearance of acne. Additionally, injections can slow the appearance of aging, help improve the immune system and increase energy.

PRP Therapy – Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a procedure where blood is taken from the patient, processed in a centrifuge to separate plasma and is injected into the face to spark natural healing. PRP therapy helps to treat acne scars, stretch marks, traumatic scars, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

Combatting Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Wrinkled skin is a part of aging. It’s something none of us can avoid. However, it’s important to know that sun exposure can accelerates the aging process, so if you are already experiencing wrinkles and fine lines, chances are you are looking for the best ways to get rid of them. Botox is a proven method to revitalize your appearance and Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center can help you get started.

Be Wary of the Dangers of Sun Exposure

We may not think about it on a daily basis, but being outside for too long can be harmful to your skin. Yes, we know that skin lightens in the winter when it’s covered under all of those sweaters and coats. When spring arrives, it’s only natural to want to tan that skin a bit to make it look beautiful again. Sunbathing is one of the many ways people go about doing this. Despite this, be careful not to overdo it as you can end up damaging your skin while trying to make it look beautiful. Take our tips to heart when trying to tan.

Look Beautiful Again with Us

If you’re suffering from sun damage, wrinkles, sunspots, age spots or uneven pigmentation, the Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center Team can have you looking younger and more vibrant with our skin treatments. If you feel that your skin needs some much-needed attention, call us to schedule your appointment today for a consultation.