Five ways to protect your skin during the summer
There’s nothing quite like the sunny summer days in southern California, but it’s important to be sun smart to avoid painful sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancer. At the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, California, Dr. Amanda Lloyd cares about your skin health and offers these five tips for protecting your skin while you’re having fun in the summer sun.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
Sunscreen is an essential tool for blocking the sun’s harmful rays when it comes to protecting your skin. It is important to use a high-quality sunscreen with broad UVA and UVB coverage and a minimum SPF of 50. Different sunscreen formulations are better for some skin types than others, so Dr. Lloyd can help you decide on the best sunscreen for your skin.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat
A hat with a wide brim that provides shade for your full face and neck is not only a cute accessory but also supplements your sunscreen in blocking harmful sun rays. Baseball caps only protect your forehead, so we recommend a wide-brimmed hat that provides more coverage.
Wear UPF clothing
While typical clothing provides a modest amount of protection from the sun, there are now more options than ever before for clothing with built-in UPF protection that takes sun protection even further. UPF protection is now available in rash guards for swimming, exercise apparel, swimsuit coverups, and more. Like your hat, you should consider your UPF clothing to supplement your sunscreen, which should be re-applied every two hours.
Apply an antioxidant serum
Antioxidant serums can be applied underneath your sunscreen to provide a protective boost for your skin. Some of the most effective antioxidants for your skin are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Invest in Botox/Jeuveau and sunglasses
Squinting in the sun is not only bad for your eyes, but can also cause permanent wrinkles to form. With the combination of sunglasses and Botox or Jeuveau to prevent lines caused by squinting, you can keep your face looking youthful and radiant.
Dr. Lloyd is always happy to help you find the best sun protection regimen for your specific lifestyle and skin type. To schedule your consultation at Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, call (760) 452-2080 or email us at [email protected] today!