How to Protect Your Skin in the Summer Months

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and heading into the summer months it is vital to take proper prevention measures for your skin. These are our top tips for staying safe while having fun in the sun ☀ 

1. Apply sunscreen daily.

Apply 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. This will allow adequate time for a protective film to develop.

2. Protect commonly forgotten areas.

Beyond the face, there are many areas to be mindful of such as ears, lips, front and back of the neck, hairline, hands and feet.

3. Reapply every two hours.

This will improve effectiveness with extended outdoor activity, water exposure or heavy perspiration. SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and indicates the length of time you can stay in the sun (ie if your skin turns red after 10 minutes in the sun, a sunscreen with SPF of 15 should allow for 150 minutes in the sun.) Applying more of the same sunscreen factor, more frequently, does not improve it’s SPF.

4. Use the appropriate amount of product.

With two fingertips, distribute the product over the intended surface before spreading it evenly. With the remaining sunscreen, rub the back of the hands together. If you rub the hands together first, the majority of the product ends up on the palms of the hands, and not on the intended surfaces.

5. Understand how the sun impacts your skin.

Sun damage activates free radicals and ages the skin. Ultraviolet A (UVA) are the longest wavelengths of the sun, penetrating the dermis in your skin’s deepest layer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) penetrates the skin’s upper layer, the epidermis, leading to sunburn and skin cancer. Infra-red (IR) is the heat from the sun which slows down collagen and elastin production, leading to sagging and wrinkles.

6. Use Colorescience Sunforgettable® on-the-go.

Sunforgettable® brush-on sunscreen is available at Timeless in SPF 30 or SPF 50 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. As a mineral powder, it is ideal for all skin types including sensitive, oily and skin prone to breakouts. You don’t have to worry about getting sand stuck to your skin at the beach or sticky palms on the golf course from traditional sunscreen. Colorescience sunscreen is water-resistant for 80 minutes, compact enough to throw in your purse, and easy to reapply alone or over makeup throughout the day. Available in medium and tan shades to match your skin tone.

7. Avoid overexposure to the sun in the peak hours.

The suns rays are strongest between 10am and 3pm when you are more likely to burn.

8. Wear sunglasses and a hat.

For added protection for the eyes which are prone to melanomas and cataracts, and the sensitive skin around your eyes which may see signs of aging from squinting.

9. Skip sunscreen for infants under 6 months.

Due to their high water content, direct sun exposure must be avoided. Sunscreen is a must for children older than six months.

10. Use Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for daily sun protection.

Timeless offers the first and only rejuvenating superscreen. Total Defense + Repair goes beyond UVA and UVB protection by defending skin against the sun’s harmful infrared rays. The unique antioxidant formula also corrects fine lines and wrinkles to improve sun damaged skin for a more youthful appearance. Available in SPF 34, SPF 34 tinted, and SPF 50+.

Sun protection is always in season. Stop into either Timeless Skin Solutions location or call 614-799-5100 and let us help select the medical-grade protection that is best for you!

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