Sunny Santa Barbara skies and long days at the beach are a perfect recipe for sun damage resulting in hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and, at worst, skin cancer IF you are not protecting your skin from the strong rays of the sun.
Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins consistently advocates sun protection as a crucial step to preventing environmental and sun damage, which can appear years, or decades, after accumulated sun exposure.
With a long weekend rapidly approaching, we recommend covering yourself with an effective sunscreen. One of our favorites is Obagi’s Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50. Obagi’s Sun Shield combines high UVB absorption and dynamic UVA blockage with 10.5% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that is non-whitening, PABA-free, fragrance-free and has an elegant, matte finish.
Being mindful of your sun protection will allow you to enjoy yourself during the summer and year round. In the meantime, keep this general sun protection tips in mind (courtesy of Obagi Medical Products):
– Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.
– Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and after swimming and sweating.
– When outside, cover up! Wide brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses recommended.
– Do not burn. As few as five sunburns doubles your risk for skin cancer.