Sweep Away Summer Skin Damage
With summer getting ready to kick itself into high gear, you probably find yourself anticipating that much-needed summer fun. You have your bikini picked out, and those poolside essentials packed, you’re ready to soak up the sun. However, all that fun in the sun has more effects than simply relaxation. Too much sun exposure can lead to summer skin damage.
What Causes Summer Skin Damage?
Skin damage resulting from the sun can occur at all times of the year, even on cloudy days, but it is at a high during the summer. The sun emits both UVA and UVB rays, which are forms of ultraviolet light that can have long-lasting effects on our skin. If you have ever had a sunburn, then you know the harmful side effects of UV rays. In addition to red, itchy skin, sun exposure can lead to:
- Dry skin
- Fine lines
- Solar comedones (blackheads)
- Skin cancer
So Should I Just Avoid the Sun?
While some people opt to stay indoors during the summer, there are many of us who long to lay poolside and soak up those rays. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, you should take steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Sunscreen is the most important skin-protecting accessory. Always choose a broad-spectrum SPF, and the paler you are, the higher SPF you might want to use. Other ways to protect your skin can include:
- Sitting in the shade when possible
- Wearing wide-brimmed hats that protect your face
- Wearing loose-fitting clothing that protects your skin
- Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day
I Protect Myself, But I Still Have Dull Skin After Summer
You can protect your skin all summer, but the effects of the heat and UV rays can still rob you of glowing, vibrant skin. At Dr. Austin’s office, we use the DermaSweep™ MD microfusion treatment to help restore beautiful skin throughout the summer and into the fall. DermaSweep™ treatments are non-invasive and are designed to target the following issues that summer fun can give your skin:
- Dry skin
- Rough or uneven skin texture
- Skin laxity
If your skin doesn’t have the vibrant look and feel you desire, schedule your DermaSweep™ consultation with Dr. Austin’s office. You can call us at 503-561-7000, or you can contact us online.