Summertime Tips to Avoid Sun Spots

As the temperatures start to heat up, more Philadelphians begin to head outdoors to enjoy the sun and warmth. Unfortunately, many will fail to take the proper precautions before heading out the door.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, only 29.9% of women and 14.3% of men in the United States report using sunscreen regularly. Without protection, your skin is left exposed to the sun and damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.

At GLO Aesthetics, we’ve put together these tips to help you prevent sun spots and other early signs of aging from appearing on your skin.

Wear sunscreen

Everyone knows to wear sunscreen, but even if you’re in that small percentage of Americans who use it regularly, you might be applying it incorrectly, thereby losing the full benefits. Protecting your skin is more about how much you use than the SPF number on the bottle. You need about a half-teaspoon to cover your face.

Stay vigilant about reapplying your sunscreen, too. Your first application should be before you head out into the sun. Then you need to do a generous reapplication every 90 minutes thereafter.

Avoid heat, too

It isn’t just sun exposure that causes sun spots. With the rise in popularity of heat-centric workouts, dermatologists are seeing evidence of skin damage among fitness fanatics. Women who teach spin classes or take hot yoga five times a week experience more discoloration, persistent redness, and an increased in sun spots.

Maintain your skin routine

You might be tempted to slack off on your skin care routine during the summer. Don’t make this mistake. Continue using your exfoliating skin scrub, acid exfoliation, and retinol treatments. As long as you stay vigilant with your sunscreen and limit exposure, you’re safe to continue your routine.

For an added boost, consider using a skin brightener underneath your daily application of sunscreen. Look for a skin brightener that contains hydroquinone or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. Both of these ingredients provide significant benefits when it comes to suppressing stubborn pigmentation and evening out your skin tone.

Wear a breathable hat

Wearing a hat to shade your face from the sun is a smart idea. You need to wear the right type of hat, though, to protect against both the heat and sunlight that trigger sun spots. Choose a hat that is made of a breathable fabric that allows air to flow and not trap heat.

You can test if you have the right hat by taking it off when you are wearing it outdoors. If you feel that rush of cool relief, then you are wearing the wrong hat.

Eat more antioxidants

By eating the right diet, you can give your skin the nutrients it needs to protect itself from sunburn and DNA damage. German researchers combined the results of seven different studies on beta carotene-rich diets and found that a diet rich in carrots, kale, spinach, and sweet potatoes increased the body’s internal SPF abilities.

You need about 24-180 milligrams a day for at least 10 weeks to see a change in your own body.

Another study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that taking vitamins C and E also improved UV-resistance. You need to take 1,000 IU of vitamin E and 2,000 IU of vitamin C every day for eight days to gain a 20% increase in your UV tolerance.

Improve the look of your skin

If your skin already shows the signs of sun damage, we can help. James Volpe, DO, and our team at GLO Aesthetics specialize in helping our patients get the skin they dream of. We take the time to listen to your concerns and evaluate your skin’s condition.

We then develop a treatment plan to effectively address your sun damage, wrinkles, irregular skin tone and texture, and acne scars. Photorejuvenation with the Icon™ laser’s Optimized Light™ technology sends gentle light pulses to specific areas of your skin that need improvement.

Request an appointment today and let our GLO Aesthetics team help you get the younger-looking, even-toned skin you’ve been dreaming of.

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