Keeping Damaging Sun Rays at Bay

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Florida is called the sunshine state for a reason—warm, sunny days do not elude us very often! While most people enjoy such weather, our skin isn’t such a fan. The sun’s damaging rays can take its toll, causing wrinkles, freckling, blotchy discoloration, and skin so dry and leathery it resembles a tourist’s suitcase! Over time this sun damage can make you look older than you actually are, but Dr. Lisa J. Learn can help. Skin care procedures such as chemical peels can minimize the effects of the sun, by removing damaged outer layers and allowing the underlying skin to regenerate. This process can smooth away wrinkles and correct other imperfections the sun has left behind.

Don't Skimp on the Sunscreen!Of course, taking some precautions can help to keep you out of this predicament in the first place. The best thing you can do for your skin is to wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. You should do your best to stay out of the sun when it’s at its hottest and most intense (from 10 am to 4 pm)—find some shade under a palm tree instead. If you must be out and about, limit your exposure by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and long sleeves.

It’s important to note that artificial sun is no better for you; in fact, it can be worse, since the UV lights found at tanning booths are much more intense than natural sunlight.

Basking in the sun might feel relaxing, but too much of a good thing can sometimes turn out badly for you. Dr. Lisa J. Learn can help you battle sun damage and keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. For more information on skin care and the sun, give us a call at (954) 380-8411 or visit our office near Sunrise, FL today.

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