Summer is here, and people are delighting in the warmth of the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, sun exposure is not so good for the skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer and accelerating the process of skin aging, leading to wrinkles and crepey skin, dark spots, and uneven pigmentation. What can we do to lessen sun damage without living undercover like a hermit crab?
With so many options, the process of choosing sunscreen may feel overwhelming. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied optimally every two hours, even more often if swimming, and should be used even on overcast days. Mineral sunscreens create a physical shield from the sun’s rays, whereas chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays before your skin soaks them up. Less advanced mineral formulas are notorious for causing a “white cast.” Newer formulas can blend into the skin seamlessly and are available with a self-adjusting tint that blurs imperfections very naturally. Our favorite at Lumera is Skinbetter Science Tone Smart Advanced Mineral Protection SPF 75, available also in a compact – great for reapplication. As far as chemical sunscreens, look for “reef-friendly” formulas that do not contain oxybenzone and maybe avoid them altogether if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Clothing and hats
Hats give additional protection by shielding the face from direct sunlight. We love the UPF-rated hats from the Wallaroo Hat Company, especially the wide-brimmed poly straw hats that are packable, durable, and can last for years. UPF-rated clothing, such as shirts and pants, can block out more than 98% of harmful UV rays. UPF-rated clothing may sound strange, as one might think all clothes would be protective. However, UPF-rated clothing is designed in many instances to be cool and lightweight yet can block out 10X more rays than an average white T-shirt. There are even shirts made to be worn for swimming.
Facials and skincare products
Good skincare and facials are appropriate for every season. Hydrafacials deeply cleanse, exfoliate and infuse moisture and skin-regenerating serums to make the skin look smooth, dewy, and hydrated. Our Biologique Recherche facials are the ultimate in pampering treatments, customized to each individual’s skin using the highest concentration of active ingredients, to “recondition” the epidermis and help enhance its potential for self-regeneration. Key for summer is skincare that protects the skin with antioxidants, prevents hyperpigmentation, moisturizes without heaviness, and helps preserve and repair the skin’s collagen. Let Lumera help advise you on a skincare regimen appropriate for you.
Light and energy-based treatments can be continued year-round, including summer, if done by expert hands with diligent sun protection measures as described above. Broad Band Light (BBL) has been demonstrated through research to rejuvenate the skin from a cellular level through genetic expression. Regular treatments with BBL can not only “turn back the clock” but keep the skin from showing further signs of aging for many years, even decades. Lasers such as Clearsilk can gently and comfortably help fade away unwanted pigmentation and reduce redness and rosacea.