Summer Skin Care Guide

The weather is warming up and we (and our clients) are playing outside, so it's a good time to remind ourselves about the proper ways to take care of our skin while catching those rays. In our May/June issue of ASCP Skin Deep magazine, Dr. Mark Lees answers some misconceptions about how the sun damages skin—and how to prevent it.

Even though the damage caused by sun exposure has been well documented, people still sunbathe and expose themselves unprotected to the sun. Arm yourself with knowledge about sun damage so you can stress to clients the importance of sun protection and dispel the many rumors and fallacies.

FALLACY: “I don’t need a sunscreen; I don’t get that much sun. I always wear sunscreen when I go to the beach.”

FACT: Most of the sun damage that occurs in our lifetime is from ambient sun exposure, not deliberate tanning. Walking to the mailbox, driving in the car, talking to your neighbor in the yard, and sitting by a window at work—all of these seemingly innocent scenarios expose the skin to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. It is cumulative sun exposure that causes eventual damage. Sun exposure at age 22 causes wrinkles and skin cancer at age 40 or 50. Every time you have unprotected exposure, damage is accumulating that will eventually show up as sagging, wrinkles, liver spots, and skin cancer. 

To learn more facts and fallacies, read the full article in the digital edition of ASCP Skin Deep magazine. And then, sell that sunscreen!