Summer sun can mean lots of outdoor fun, but it's important to take care of your skin during warm weather too. Here are our top summer skin care tips.
Slather on the Sunscreen
Make sure every member of your family is wearing sunscreen on exposed skin every single day regardless of the weather. Even cloudy and rainy days can have up to 80 percent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays passing through the clouds. Even if you wear SPF foundation, you do not use enough of it to be protected, so layer it on top of sunscreen and stay protected 365 days a year.
What should you look for in a sunscreen? First scan the label for the words “broad spectrum” and check the ingredient list for sun blockers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide -- all indications that your formula shields you from UVA and UVB, the two types of skin cancer-causing rays. The SPF level (shoot for at least 30) measures a product’s ability to protect only against UVB, which leads to burns. You also need a sunscreen that can filter UVA rays which penetrate deeper into the skin, resulting in wrinkles and age spots. When UVA and UVB rays penetrate the skin, they alter the DNA that controls cell growth and division. Too much damage can cause cancer. UVA rays also weaken the elastic fibers and harm collagen that keeps skin smooth and youthful. It’s UVA that causes dark-pigmented “age” spots. Radiant Complexions offers an SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen and a Pure Physical SPF50+ Sunscreen Spray that offer high levels of protection and won’t irritate sensitive skin.
Schedule an Annual Mole Check
You probably schedule your annual physical and regular dental exams, but have you scheduled your annual mole check?
As many as 1 in 5 adults will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their life time and it accounts for nearly half the cases of cancer in the United States. With early diagnosis and treatment, skin cancer has extremely high survival rates. Being checked regularly is an important part of your health routine and even if you do monthly exams, a dermatologist will look in areas you can’t or might not think to check. Annual mole exams are also typically covered by your insurance plan. Contact your local Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinic to schedule your annual mole exam.
Say Adios to Acne
Are you suffering or a family member struggling with acne? Treatment is available! If a regular home acne skin care routine is not enough, schedule a consultation today with your Radiant Complexions Skin Care Specialist for professional acne treatment options. Summer is a great time to schedule acne appointments for teens and tweens to clear up acne before the new school year!
How to Solve What's Bugging You
Summer means lots of outdoor fun, but it can also mean outdoor pests as well. If you're itching and scratching from summer insect bites or stings, check out our solutions to take care of what's "bugging" you for mosquito bites, bee stings and more. Do you have a bug bites, stings, or a rash that just won't go away? Contact Radiant Complexions Dermatology today to schedule an appointment!
Take the Itch Out of Summer
If you spend lots of time outdoors in the summer, chances are you've come into contact with poison ivy, poison sumac or poison oak. These plants have an oil that can irritate the skin, causing itching, rash and swelling. While the severity of the rash does vary from person to person and by how much oil penetrates the skin, for the most part, poison ivy is not serious for most individuals. Check out our poison ivy treatment tips and if your symptoms just aren't going away, call us today to schedule an appointment!
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