The weather is getting warmer which means it is time to get excited about the summer. But with all the joys of outdoor activities, come the dangers of sun exposure. We know it is tempting to try and get a good tan, but trust us, not protecting your skin can have adverse side effects for the rest of your life.
Does Sun Damage Cause Wrinkles?
Sun exposure is one the most common causes of skin damage and wrinkling. UV exposure from direct sunlight can dry out your skin, damage it permanently, cause skin cancer, and melanoma. Collagen is a natural protein in our bodies that helps keep our skin smooth, tight, and healthy. As we age we decrease collagen production. However, getting sunburnt can also damage our skin’s ability to naturally produce collagen and heal. Too much direct sunlight can cause early wrinkles, lines, and sun-damaged skin.
How To Prevent Sun Damage?
There are a variety of things you can do to prevent sun damage this summer. For starters, do not go outside without sunscreen. You always want sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Contrary to popular belief, you can still get tan even if you use sunscreen. Additionally, you can avoid painful sunburns by using the correct SPF. But you shouldn’t stop at simply getting sunscreen, there are a variety of things you can do even when you are off the beach that can help improve the health of your skin.
Invest in Moisturizers & Skincare Products
Moisturizers can keep your skin healthy long-term. There are two main types of moisturizers. Some moisturizers work by trapping moisture inside your skin while others work by restoring moisture on the outside layer of skin. Either way, they can help keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. By combining good moisturizer habits with sunscreen habits you can keep your skin looking young much longer. Both Zo Obagi and Skinmedica provide great products that can help you keep your skin healthy. Establishing a good skincare routine can keep blemishes off your face, help reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles, and help your skin make more natural collagen.
This is a strange one, but bath-time can really dry out your skin. During the summer, people often increase how often they shower because they will likely shower after coming off the beach, after a workout, and after really any outdoor activity due to the heat. But showering too often can dry out the skin and lead to inflammation. In fact, some people develop summertime eczema due to over-showering in conjuncture with drying out their skin when they are outside.
Ask Us About Collagen
At Kathryn Russo Aesthetics we believe that skincare is self-care. We have a variety of products from creams and moisturizers to procedures that can help your body naturally increase collagen production. If you have questions about any of our products please send us a message. We would be happy to answer them.