When temperatures rise, so do the levels of damaging UV rays. But these rays don’t just cause sunburn, they also greatly contribute to early signs of aging. Whether it’s from sunburn, squinting, or other environmental factors, you can take steps to avoid the aging effects of the sun and even reverse visible signs of damage.
Here are three tips to help you maintain a youthful appearance:
1. Wear sunscreen and reapply often.
Most people know that they should wear sunscreen, and most people do. Where things go south is the way sunscreen is applied and forgetting to reapply later. If you wait to apply sunscreen until you’re poolside and sweating, it won’t have enough time to be absorbed into your skin before its diluted and washed away by sweat and water. Most bottles say to apply 15-20 minutes prior to sun exposure. So lotion up before you leave your house or hotel room. This way you’ll get a more even application and know that it’s been properly absorbed. The same is true for reapplication. At the very least you need to make sure that you’ve thoroughly towel dried before applying and wait 15 minutes before hopping back into the pool.
2. Cover up with clothing
While sunscreen is an excellent tool for protecting your skin, adding a layer of clothing is a surefire way to ensure you avoid a sunburn. Wearing a hat and sunglasses will shield your face from the sun, but also helps you avoid the crows feet and frown lines that can come from squinting. Make sure you look for items that specifically state that they block UV rays to get the most protection.
3. Improve your skincare routine
Incorporating spf into your skincare routine can be helpful, but ensuring that you’re using the right products for your skin type is just as important. Everyone has unique needs when it comes to skincare. Discovering what your skin needs can be life changing for the way your skin looks and feels. In many cases, including non-surgical procedures like photo rejuvenation can work hand-in-hand with your skincare routine to reverse signs of aging caused by sun damage. Photo rejuvenation is a method that uses intense pulsated light (IPL) to stimulate your body’s natural healing process, which can improve the appearance of things like sun spots. By combining an appropriate skincare routine with spa treatments and non-surgical cosmetic procedures you can be sure that your efforts and protecting and perfecting your skin are effective.
Aging is inevitable and should be embraced, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to slow the visible process. Contact us at the Florida Center For Plastic And Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about how the photo rejuvenation process can help improve your skin’s youthful appearance.