Fourth of July Summer Skin Care

With the Fourth of July this weekend, many people will be spending a significant amount of time outside. And as we know from a previous post, even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still be prevalent. Here are just a few important things to keep in mind to help protect your skin and keep it looking it’s best:

Summer Skin Care Lotion

When applying sunscreens, layering does not give added SPF protection. The SPF you end up with is only the SPF of the highest sunscreen you applied.  For example, if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 then apply one with an SPF of 25, you will solely have the protection of the SPF of 30.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) does recommend applying two layers of sunscreen on all exposed areas though. The second layer should be applied about 30 minutes after the first, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

Reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day. It is advised to reapply every two hours or after you have been exposed to water.

SPF protection is on a logarithmic scale. This means there is a bigger difference between SPF 25 and SPF 30 than there is with SPF 30 and SPF 45.

SPF’s below 15 are essentially worthless. We recommend an SPF of at least 50 to all of our patients.

Don’t forget your lips. The sun’s rays can dry delicate lip tissue. Keep your lips hydrated by using a lip balm with an SPF.

After a long day out in the sun take a cold shower. It can decrease acne breakouts and helps to better hydrate your skin.

If you do contract sunburn take Advil or Motrin. This will help to block the inflammation and can actually lessen the burn itself.

Remember these tips to keep your skin healthy this holiday weekend and beyond!

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