5 Ways To Protect Your Skin From The Sun

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and while it’s important to care for your skin every month (it is, after all, your largest organ) we’re giving you 5 ways to protect your body as we head into the summer season. 

SPF is Your BFF

You should already know by now, but for those in the back: Wear sunscreen of at least 30+ SPF every single day. Sunscreen is medically proven to prevent sun damage, including photoaging and melanoma. With so many options available on the market, there are plenty of options no matter what type of skin you have — aka no excuses to skip it.  

The two types of sunscreen are chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen gets absorbed into the skin and works by absorbing UV rays. It becomes effective quickly and is typically water-resistant and sweat-proof. 

Physical sunscreen sits on top of the skin and reflects the sun’s rays. It is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Although they can be harder to blend into the skin, physical sunscreens tend to be more moisturizing. 

The Products You Use Matter

Whether it’s your daily sunscreen or your night serum, the type of skincare you use makes a difference. Medical-grade products are clinically proven to work and are your best bet for a comprehensive, effective routine that delivers your desired results. The formulas are backed by science and have been vetted by the FDA, dermatologist-tested, with results-driven data backing the active ingredients. 

Medical-grade products are an investment, ultimately protecting your skin and even saving money in the long run with preventative and corrective treatment plans.

Avoid The Sun

It can be tempting to bask in the sunshine and collect a tan for the summer, but there is no such thing as a safe tan. The sun, in even small doses like 15-minute intervals, is dangerous. 

That said, we understand avoiding the sun completely isn’t realistic. While limiting exposure and opting for shade and a spray tan is the smartest way to go, if you plan to be in the sun, be sure to wear protective SPF clothing and hats to shade your face. (Of course, it goes without saying, but don’t forget the sunscreen either.) 

Check Your Skin Regularly 

Still, no matter how safe you are, staying on top of your skin health means regularly taking a look in the mirror and checking yourself for any new marks or old evolving ones. It’s a good idea to have an annual skin check, but an even better one to keep track of your spots, noting their size, location, and color. 

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to melanoma, and we assure you that having that mole checked out is always better than deciding to wait and see. 

Maintain Your Skin Health With HydraFacials

Sun protection doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. The cult classic 30-minute facial is a treatment that keeps on giving long after you leave your appointment. In just three steps, the facial exfoliates, extracts, and moisturizes. The result is buttery smooth skin that is hydrated to its full potential. 

Although a popular treatment in the wintertime, taking care of your skin in the summer is imperative too. The sunshine outside and the air conditioning inside can have adverse effects on the state of your skin. Be sure you’re taking quality care of your skin by ensuring it’s fully quenched all year round. 

Whether you’re ready to upgrade your skincare routine, purchase a new SPF, or treat yourself to a HydraFacial, we have you covered: 650.964.2200.

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