Summer Skin - Protect Your Skin Care Investment
Every year we become increasingly excited when summer rolls around, but do we really take the time to assess the increased hazards to our skin? May is Melanoma month and the perfect time for those of you who love the summer sun to take a moment to learn about the potential dangers to your skin, and find out what you can do to prevent future damage.
Melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer, affecting over 50,000 Americans each year. Increased exposure to ultraviolet light causes melanocytes to grow increasingly abnormal and become cancerous. Generally, Melanoma affects women around the hips and lower legs, while men more often have Melanoma around the upper body, facial, and neck areas.
It's important to perform a routine self-check skin exam about once every 6 to 8 weeks, checking for changes of growth, color, and size of moles and pigmented areas. If you see a significant change or are concerned, don't hesitate to have your skin checked by a physician or dermatologist. Often, when Melanoma is caught early, it can be treated with minor surgery to remove the effected area. In more advanced cases, Melanoma may require extreme chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Taking steps now to protect our skin from the sun and skin cancer prevention is ideal.
For women who use products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's), Retinoids, microdermabrasion, or peels should be even more careful when it comes to skin care and sun protection. Such treatments leave skin fresh, new, and vulnerable to the damaging ultraviolet rays.
For the ultimate sun protection, it's important to look for a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream is powerful sun protectant fortified with Avobenzone and Titanium Dioxide and massages easily onto skin for a powerful sun shield. Another great product to use is Neova DNA Damage Control Everyday SPF 44. It's a sunscreen that repairs damaged tissue at the cellular level while providing a physical block against UV radiation.
When purchasing a sunscreen, it's important to consider the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens. A chemical sunscreen is designed with synthetic chemical substances to absorb UV radiation, whereas physical sunscreens contain ultra-fine mineral particles that act like a mirror, reflecting and deflecting damaging radiation. One of the most common ingredients to look for in a physical sunscreen is micronized Titanium Dioxide, such as what makes SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. No only is this sunscreen lightweight, and non-greasy, it also has ingredients that will boost your skin's defenses against UV rays and free radicals.
If you desire a sun-kissed glow on your skin, but don't want to risk the damage, bronzers and sunless-tanners are excellent alternatives to an actual suntan. Fake Bake features the Sun Laboratories Strictly Faces Lotion Level 2 Medium for a streak-free, realistic, and healthy-looking glow, minus the sun. For everyday, on-the-go protection, Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 – Fair gives you a soft, finished, and odor-free sunscreen in powder form that's great for those of all skin types, tones, and conditions.
So be sure to enjoy the outdoors this summer and keep safe by practicing these easy and smart skincare tips! back to SkinCare 101 Main Page