How to prevent skin sun damage - By Dr Lanzer

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How To Protect Your Skin Against Sunlight?

While we all like to get a little sun every now and again, too much exposure to direct sunlight can actually cause damage to the skin. Therefore, it is essential that we protect our skin against sunlight as much as possible, especially when spending a lot of time outside.

Not quite sure how you can protect your skin against the sun properly? Check out our tips for optimal sun protection below.

When Should I Apply Sunscreen And How Much?

Sunscreen is something that should be worn every day, so you certainly not limit its use to the warmer summer months. Even when it is cloudy outside, the sunrays will still have an influence on your skin. Therefore, you should ensure the proper protection is always present before you leave the house.

Ideally, you want to apply a good sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Apply the sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before you head out the door; this gives the sunscreen the appropriate amount of time to settle.

Even if you have covered yourself in sufficient sunscreen, it is necessary to reapply your sunscreen every two hours or so. However, if you intend on swimming outdoors, it is necessary to reapply your sunscreen every hour.

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Which Sunscreen Provides Ample Protection Against Sunlight?

Before we elaborate, it is important for patients to realise that no sunscreen provides full 100% protection. That being said, a good sunscreen can provide you with enough protection to provide sun damage and sunburns.

As we mentioned earlier, patients should at least have a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF. In addition to that, the sunscreen must also provide protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Also make sure that your sunscreen is water-resistant; this will prevent your sunscreen from coming off in the rain or when you go swimming in the ocean.

We must mention that certain locations such as the beach can increase your chances of sunburn. Large water and sand surfaces will reflect sunlight, so despite ample protection, you could still encounter some sunburn if you remain in this light for too long.

Are There Other Products I Can Use To Protect Myself Against The Sun?

In addition to sunscreen, there are more products that can provide protection against the sun when you are out and about. One of the additional products is a lip balm with SPF. Even though we cover our skin in sunscreen, many forgot to provide ample protection for the lips. So, make sure you add a good lip balm to your regular skincare routine.

Women should also know that certain makeup products can come with SPF as well. Ideally, you want a lightweight makeup that does not clog the pores and provides this kind of protection. Therefore, always look at mineral makeup before considering anything else.

To protect yourself against the sunlight, you should also wear an appropriate hat. A hat with a wide brim can provide additional protection for your face, neck, and your ears. So, investing in one is certainly not a wasted investment.

Finally, you should also have a look at some additional protection for your eyes. Nowadays, you can obtain sunglasses with special lenses, which have 99 to 100% UV absorption. Of course, a set of these sunglasses does not solely protect the eyes, it will also protect the skin.

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Should I Stay Out Of The Sun?

While it is not necessary to avoid sunlight altogether, there are some benefits to avoiding sunlight during peak times. Ideally, you want to avoid sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm; this is the time where the sunlight is at its strongest.

Naturally, work commitments could mean we cannot avoid sunlight during peak times. If this is the case, ensure you have ample sun protection and try to find some shade whenever you can. You can also wear some light clothing; this since darker clothing attracts more sunlight and can make you rather uncomfortable. You can also choose clothes that have a loose weave, allowing for more ventilation.

Please remember that there are certain medications that can make you more sensitive to the sun; this includes certain types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, and blood pressure medications. Chemotherapy can also make you more sensitive to sunlight. So, if these medications or treatments are a factor, staying out of the sunlight during peak times will be recommended.

Can Sun Damage To The Skin Be Repaired?

Sun damage can be repaired through various cosmetic treatments available today, this includes laser treatment. If you believe your skin has suffered sun damage through repeated and prolonged sun exposure, or you are dealing with a problem such as pigmentation, be sure to make an appointment at the Dr Lanzer Clinic to determine if the problem can be tackled with laser resurfacing.

In addition to sun damage, CO2 laser and erbium laser can tackle other problems such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, hypopigmentation, keratosis, rosacea, and more. The choice between ablative laser, fractional lasers, and non-ablative lasers, will be determined by an experienced dermatologist.

Laser skin resurfacing is not a new concept in the world of dermatology, but lasers have come a long way. The carbon dioxide laser used to be one of the few options available. However, while these lasers did increase collagen production, they were accompanied with a bit more downtime. The erbium laser on the other hand, requires less recovery time, but multiple skin treatments may be required.

Additional treatments for skin impurities and skin texture problems are also available at The Dr Lanzer Clinic aside from resurfacing treatment. Chemical peels, radiofrequency therapy, intense pulsed light treatment, treatment for pigment related issues, and skin rejuvenation creams are all a part of the average dermatologic surgery these days.

Some patients can experience some side effects after certain treatments. Side effects on the treated area are usually limited to the outer layers of the skin and may include redness and mild discomfort. In some rare cases, antiviral medication can be prescribed for patients who are sensitive to outbreaks on the epidermis.

Patients should also be aware that skin tone matters during laser selection. To promote new collagen and have a positive effect on skin texture, the dermatologist has to choose the right laser for the job. Fortunately, the right laser technology ensures the best skin tightening effect, but can also treat a skin condition that influences the texture and look of the skin.

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