With longer days and more sunlight in the Boston area, Spring tends to bring a feeling of energy and cheerfulness. To keep your skin healthy sun protection is important, especially this time of year.
Here are a few tips on things to do to proactively protect your skin and treat sun damage that may have already occurred.
Wearing sun screen and protective gear anytime you are exposed to sun is important to prevent skin damage or even skin cancer. Protecting your skin from extensive sun exposure can help prevent wrinkles, sunspots, and uneven skin tone.
To protect your skin:
- Limit direct sunlight during the hours of 10am and 4pm when the UV rays are strongest.
- Monitor the UV index to prevent overexposure on days when the Index is moderate or higher.
- Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF on any exposed skin, and don’t forget to re-apply at least every 2 hours.
- Wear clothing and other protective gear, like a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, to increase sun protection and decrease potential damage.
Reversing Sun Damage
There are anti-aging treatments offered at Mystic Valley Dermatology that can reduce the damage caused by sun exposure.
This treatment exfoliates your skin to remove dead skin cells for brighter, smoother looking skin. It is safe and effective for all skin types and generally causes no skin color change. While this treatment isn’t as effective on deep wrinkles or scars, your skin will be rejuvenated with little to no down time.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
To remove sunspots, improve skin’s texture, and reduce uneven pigmentation, your dermatologist might recommend laser skin rejuvenation. The light used in this treatment is safe and the amount of light and delivery is unique to your skin.
Depending on your skin, there are several different types of peels that can be done to treat wrinkles, even out skin tone and slough off dead skin. Talk with your dermatologist about glycolic, lactic/salicylic, and enzyme peels.
Schedule an appointment at Mystic Valley Dermatology to learn about our anti-aging treatments.