Protect yourself from sun damage this winter
- Posted on: Jan 7 2016
Sunburns might be the farthest thought from your mind right now, but research shows that there's still plenty of ways you can overexpose yourself to UV rays and damage your skin this winter.
Because there are fewer hours of sunlight, most people believe they don't need to protect their skin, but whether you're hitting the slopes for a ski trip or commuting to work, protecting your skin should still be a priority in the winter. In fact, some research suggests that you can sustain damage even if you stay inside this winter. New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman told Vogue that new data show how pigment cells can be stimulated by the low doses of ambient and infrared light from computer screens or lamps. So, even if you're working through your winter, this kind of incidental exposure can accumulate over time and impact your health.
While the biggest concern of sun damage is skin cancer, there are other ways that the sun can affect you. Over time, unprotected UV exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin, sun spot discoloration and wrinkles.
The best way to prevent the effects of sun damage is by protecting your skin at all times. Wearing proper clothing, especially in the winter, helps protect your skin. It's also important to wear protection on exposed areas, like your face, by wearing sunscreen that's at least 15 SPF. We offer products like Clinicians Complex Total Sun Protection Lotion (SPF 30) that can defend your skin against UV rays. What makes this product different than other sunscreens on the market is that while most lotions only offer protection against UVB (burning), this one also protects against UVA (aging) rays, which is what causes that long-term skin damage.
If you've already sustained skin damage, however, there are ways you can work to reverse it, too. A procedure like skin resurfacing can remove imperfections and dramatically reduce lines and wrinkles to give you a smoother, younger-looking complexion.You also have the option of undergoing chemical peels or microdermabrasion that can remove layers of old or dead cells to rejuvenate the skin.
To schedule an appointment, visit Skin & Cosmetic Solutions today.