Sun-Proof Your Skin Fitness Routine

The kids may be back to school but intense summer sun continues to shine in Hawaii. Protecting your skin from sun exposure is a daily necessity. In addition to the potential for skin cancer, overexposure to the sun’s harsh rays is the leading cause of aging, wrinkles, dryness, and pigmentation.

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Daily sunscreen use and sun avoidance aren’t just healthy habits, they are essential to protecting your skin before and after aesthetic treatment. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your skin is protected and your Skin Fitness routine is sun-proof:
  1. Wear sunscreen every day. Invest in high-quality, broad-spectrum, and mineral-based sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays and won’t linger in your bloodstream. Try my Protect Mineral Sunscreen and check out this video from WIRED magazine about sunscreen absorption.
  2. Avoid outdoor activities during peak UV hours. Use this online UV Index tool to find out when the sun is most intense in your area. In Hawaii, UV exposure can be moderate to high as early as 9:00 a.m. and as late as 4:00 p.m. depending on the time of year.
  3. Wear protective clothing and swimwear. Avoiding sun exposure is especially important if you are preparing for laser hair removal because additional pigment from sun tanning can cause treatment to be less effective. Protective clothing and accessories offer easy and consistent protection that is stylish and fun. Try a vintage-inspired swimsuit with boy shorts or a locally-made, long-sleeved suit from Kaikini Bikinis. Skin Fitness Insider readers (that’s you!) can save 15% on swimwear with code MenezesMD! 
  4. Press Pause on C02 Treatment. I am proud to offer C02 laser treatment for extensive wrinkle, scarring, and pigment repair, however, I do not perform this intensive treatment during the summer months when the risk of sun exposure is high. If you are ready for laser resurfacing, let’s work together, discuss risk factors and select the best time of year for your treatment.
  5. Use Antioxidants. Vitamin C neutralizes free radical damage from sun exposure. Use ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense, 10% Self-Activating Vitamin C, and/or Alto Face from skinbetter Science® with your sunscreen for a skin-protection double whammy. If your Skin Fitness plan includes pigment control or wrinkle repair, stop by the clinic or make an appointment so we can discuss the best way to use your products and stay safe in the sun.
Follow these simple steps to keep your skin healthy and happy year-round. Want to learn more about skincare, sunscreen, and treatments to help reverse sun damage? Let’s talk. Call 808-855-8436, to make an appointment today.

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