With warm weather finally upon us, we are spending more time outdoors- this means more exposure to harmful rays from the sun. Ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) are a major factor contributing to premature skin aging in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (sun spots). UV exposure can also be potential for skin cancer- 1 in 6 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The best defense against the harmful effects of UV rays is to apply broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 1.5 to 2 hours to ensure proper protection. Even if it is an overcast day, UVA and UVB rays are always present, so don’t let a few clouds stop you from applying your SPF- prevention is the best method when it comes to sun protection!
If you are having laser hair removal treatments it is a MUST to cover the treated areas with a minimum of SPF 30 and to minimize sun exposure. This is to lower the risk of hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) in treated areas.