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Fight Photoaging This Summer With These Tips

Summer is coming and that means long days at the beach, boating, hiking, and spending more time with family and friends. While you’re out enjoying the warm weather, it’s important to remember to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. 

Each year we see patients at Hackettstown Medical Primary Care Partners Affiliate with bad sunburns and others who want to reverse sun damage. Practice these tips to fight photoaging this summer and keep your skin healthy and vibrant for years to come.

What is photoaging?

Photoaging is a term used to describe skin damage from the sun. It occurs when the ultraviolet (UV) radiation — UVA and UVB rays — penetrate the skin and damage our cells. 

UVA rays have longer wavelengths and penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. They cause damage to the DNA in our skin cells and result in premature aging. For example, collagen and elastin breakdown, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity. 

UVB rays are shorter and can cause sunburn. Both types of rays can lead to skin cancer, so it’s important to protect yourself.

Signs of photoaging include:

Tips to fight photoaging this summer

Follow these tips to fight photoaging to look your best all season long.

Avoid midday sun

The sun is strongest between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Do your best to avoid direct exposure during this time. If you’re at the beach or pool, use an umbrella to provide shade and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face.

Wear sunscreen

Use a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply it per the instructions on the bottle. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above, and for one that’s “broad-spectrum.” That means it blocks out both types of harmful rays — UVA and UVB. 

Wear sunglasses

Sunlight can also damage your eyes, so always wear sunglasses that provide UV protection.

Wear protective clothes

If you’re going to be outdoors in direct sun for long periods of time, consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants. You may be hot, so look for breathable fabrics that provide the best protection.

What about vitamin D?

As humans, our bodies need vitamin D to stay healthy. But that doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the sun. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting vitamin D from food and dietary supplements instead of the sun. This is to lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

How we can help

While you can fight photoaging this summer, the damage from previous years may already be building up. We offer an innovative treatment called TempSure® Envi™ that tightens skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We also have a variety of skin-care products to combat the signs of photoaging.

Book an appointment online with one of our skin-care specialists or call 908-979-0050 today.

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