There are plenty of great reasons to contemplate plastic surgery in Maryland, but combating the effects of the sun doesn’t have to be one of them as long as you’re careful. Between June 1-8, the Sun Safety Alliance promotes Sun Safety Week. It’s a great time to prepare for the bright days ahead.
While most people eagerly embrace summer’s warmth and fun-filled possibilities, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause spots, wrinkles, bumps and discolored patches on the skin. Many of these conditions can be significantly minimized through microdermabrasion, a safe, quick treatment that exfoliates the skin while stimulating circulation and collagen production.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your sunny days with minimal negative consequences:
Seek shade: The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to limit your direct exposure during that time. Shady areas might not do much for your tan, but they can ultimately lead to more comfortable experiences and long-term benefits.
Check your local UV index forecast: The National Weather Service and EPA issue daily UV index forecasts, providing localized information about the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation.
Dress defensively: Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays (these high-quality glasses are sometimes labeled “UV absorption up to 400nm”). Long-sleeved shirts and pants are also recommended.
Master the art of sunscreen: Choosing an effective sunscreen can be one of your most important decisions when protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, so don’t skimp. Spa Bella Skin Care Boutique offers an array of high-quality sunscreen products. The FDA recommends sunscreens with broad spectrum SPF values of 15 or higher. Some other sunscreen tips include:
- Check the expiration date
- Apply before getting dressed
- Apply often
- Apply with makeup (despite SPF labeling)
- Allow 20 minutes to absorb into skin
If you suffer from skin damage, and are curious about the benefits of microdermabrasion or other plastic surgery, Maryland surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte offers the expertise you need.
Contact us today by completing the form on this page, or by calling (301) 567-6767 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Chiaramonte proudly serves patients in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.