Avoid Sun Damage to Skin with our 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 summer skin care 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 sun damage to skin has been well documented, people still sunbathe and expose themselves unprotected to the sun. Arm yourself with knowledge about sun damage to skin so you can stress to clients the importance of sunscreen and dispel the many rumors and fallacies.

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

FACT: Most of the sun damage to skin 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, sun damage to skin is accumulating that will eventually show up as sagging, wrinkles, liver spots, and skin cancer. 

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


What's the best way to protect skin in the summer?

The best ways to protect your skin in the summer are to apply sunscreen regularly, wear a hat and sunglasses, and avoid sunbathing/tanning beds.

Does skin improve in summer?

Some people feel their skin improves in the summer when they spend time outside in the sun. The UV rays from the sun have anti-inflammatory properties, leading to clearer skin. However, this does not mean you should go without sun protection. You can benefit from the sun while still protecting your skin from skin cancer and sunburn. 

Can hot weather cause skin problems?

Hot weather may cause problems like heat rash, sunburn, acne breakouts, eczema flare-ups and more. Be sure to do frequent skin checks during the warmer summer months to maintain healthy skin.


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