4 ways to protect your skin from the sun

4 ways to protect your skin from the sun

Long island is already heating up and that means warm, sunny days are just around the corner. It also means you should pay close attention to how much sun exposure your skin gets.

When you expose your skin to sunlight, it reacts by producing more melanin. According to the Mayo Clinic, extra melanin can cause uneven pigmentation, commonly referred to as sunspots. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may also cause the delicate blood vessels in your face to stretch and expand, giving you a ruddy complexion.

If you already have these signs of sun damage, you should consider skin resurfacing treatments such as chemical peels and dermabrasion. A chemical peel can brighten sun damaged skin in a relatively short time. 

To protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, follow these tips:

1. Rejuvenate after the winter

Dry, cold winter weather can also damage your skin's appearance. Now that the weather is warming, consider pampering your face before the new season takes full effect. Non-invasive procedures such as PDO thread lift and laser treatments have quick recovery times and fast results.

2. Get stylish with a new hat

Wide-brimmed hats aren't just for style, they can also protect your face and scalp from the sun's rays. Try a few new looks this season and keep your youthful appearance safe from UV light exposure. There's no better reason to go hat shopping!

A wide-brimmed hat can limit your sun exposure.A wide-brimmed hat can limit your sun exposure.

3. Don't forget your sunscreen

Sunscreen isn't just for the beach. Your skin gets exposed to the sun's harmful rays every time you step outside.

Harvard Medical School recommended using broad-spectrum sunscreen. That means the sunscreen has been tested to prevent exposure to UVA and UVB rays. UVA can increase your risk of skin cancer, while UVB rays cause your skin to burn.

Try to always use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Read the label to see how often it needs to be reapplied.

4. Stay hydrated

Remember, skin is your body's largest organ, and it needs plenty of water to stay healthy. When the temperature rises, your body needs additional water to replenish what it has lost in sweat. You don't necessarily need to drink eight full glasses a day – just keep water close at hand throughout the day and drink when you are thirsty or engage in physical activities.

Dr. Marotta is a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon. He is committed to delivering the best experience possible to his clients. Schedule a consultation today to see how Dr. Marotta and his team can help you decide if facial rejuvenation is right for you.