Our friends at Mario Badescu offered to write a post for us on skincare so how could we resist? We asked them to share their tips for summer skincare to share with you.
Beach days, camping trips and pool parties do not have to equal premature aging and painful sunburn. Here’s a list of simple dos and don’ts to help protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.
- Do – Buy the right sunscreen
Buy a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the culprit behind that damage that causes skin to age prematurely while UVB rays cause sun burn. Both are linked to elevating skin cancer risk.
- Do – Properly apply sunscreen
The best way to apply sunscreen is to do so at home 30 minutes before you are exposed to the sun and before you put your clothes on. Lots of people get burned right where the skin meets the swim suit because when they were applying they didn’t want to get sunscreen on their suit. Also don’t forget the small bits, ears, feet, neck and any exposed areas of the scalp need protection just as much as arms and legs.
- Do – Reapply
A general rule is to reapply every 2 hours and/or after swimming. If you tend to burn quickly you may need to reapply more frequently.
- Don’t – Use Retin-A, wax or exfoliate when spending time in the sun
All of these things can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. If you are using Retin-A consult with your doctor to find out how to protect yourself in the sun while using this product. Have your waxing done a few days before sun exposure to avoid sensitivity. Types of exfoliation to avoid include scrubs, products with glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids and any kind of peel.
- Don’t – “Pre-Tan”
Some people hit the tanning beds before a vacation in the hopes that having a tan before their sun exposure will enable them to avoid burning. Anytime the skin darkens or burns as a result to sun exposure there is damage to the skin. The best thing to do is to avoid tanning completely.
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