May is Melanoma awareness month, and with Memorial day weekend approaching it’s important to prepare for fun in the summer sun. Protecting our skin against the sun is as important as protecting against a sunburn. Sun damage builds over time, from driving to work and walking your dog – using an SPF is essential at all times.
It’s common knowledge that sun exposure causes unwanted wrinkles, aging skin and cancer.
Chicago-area Dermatologist and Northwestern University Medical School Professor Amy Taub, MD shares some tips on how to enjoy the sun, but to avoid damage from its dangerous rays:
Sunscreen is the single most important thing you should put on your face every single day. The small amount in one’s moisturizer or makeup is not enough sun protection.
Sunscreen must have at least an SPF 30 and also include at least 5% zinc oxide.
Too much sun? Not only is sunburn one of the leading causes of premature aging and skin cancer, it can be extremely painful and unattractive. Dr. Taub recommends the following at-home sun burn remedies:
- Soothe sunburn pain with cool or room temperature milk compresses
- Reduce inflammation by eating foods rich in vitamin E
- Draw heat out of sunburned skin with cool tea compresses. Load a spray bottle with tea and spritz directly onto the affected area
- Keep skin from peeling by applying fresh aloe
Product Recommendations for Summer Skin Care. Dr. Taub recommends having different types of sunscreen in your arsenal for different daily activities:
- Oily Skin? Try EltaMD 41-oily
- Dry skin? Try Morning Security Cream by Skinfo – SPF 30
- Active Outdoors? Try either Skinfo Pure Protection or EltaMD UV Sport
- Gal on the go? Try powder-on-the-go Colorescience Sunforgettables
Here’s to healthy beautiful skin – happy Memorial Day Weekend!
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