- Choose a high-quality sunscreen to protect against new damage to the skin. Radiation from the sun passes through the skin, creating DNA damage and free radical exposure which can cause skin cancers and a breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin; resulting in wrinkles premature aging changes. Do your research on sunscreens! Recent independent studies have shown that many of them are not as effective as stated on the package. Look for a medical grade product, or look for a sunscreen that has The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. These products have met specific criteria to receive the certification. All of the ZO and EltaMD sunscreens at evolv – including Jane Iredale makeup with SPF – are backed by the Skin Cancer foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. Learn more here: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/seal-of-recommendation.
- Use your sunscreen properly. All sunscreens should be reapplied every 2-3 hours, especially during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are at their peak. It is a good idea to reapply after swimming, even if your product says that it is “Water Resistant.” For best protection, apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to ears, exposed scalp or hair part, and don’t forget about lips!
Get a good lip balm with SPF, we like EltaMD’s UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31 and Jane Iredale Lip Drink SPF 15.
- Enjoy the summer weather but learn how to manage your exposure. As mentioned above, a good quality sunscreen with reapplication every 2-3 hours is important but also limiting your time in direct sunlight and wearing sun protective clothing and hats are excellent ways to keep your skin healthy and safe from the sun.
- If you have a professionally recommended skin care regimen, don’t stop during the summer. Have you ever heard the saying “one step forward and two steps back”? Stopping your skin care regimen in the summer can reverse some of the damage that you have spent time and money correcting. Remember that sun damage is cumulative and adds up over time, so if you have a history of high sun exposure, SPF may not be enough to protect you against skin cancer. Using quality skin care products including antioxidants and retinols (vitamin A derivatives) in addition to sunscreen can keep your skin in top shape throughout the summer months, and all year-round. Applying an antioxidant product before your sunscreen is particularly effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Regular use of retinol in the evening, along with exfoliation of the top layers of skin with products or professional skin treatments will keep new, fresh and healthy skin visible and will also reduce damaged cells that can over time lead to skin cancer. Your skin care professional can educate you on how to use your products to optimize safety, results and skin health.
- If you want color, choose sunless tanning products or services – don’t tan! When you get a tan from the sun or indoor tanning, the color change you see is the skin trying to protect itself from damage. Indoor tanning is even worse, concentrating UV light to deliberately produce that “golden tan,” which is really just visible damage to the skin. Sunless tanning products have come a long way, and can produce very natural results. Seek out a reputable spray tan professional for excellent results, and if you can’t go for spray tans as much as you’d like, ask them to recommend a home product you can use to keep up your tan without the damaging and premature aging that results from excessive sun exposure.