Over the past several weeks, we’ve been blogging a lot about sun damage and how to protect your skin from it. Naturally, you’ve read a lot about sunscreen and the high importance of wearing it all year round. But yes, the summertime is here and it’s only natural for us to stress the need for us all to protect our skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays. After all, we all expose a lot more of our skin to the sun during the summer.
In our recent blogs, we’ve also highlighted that, in addition to wearing sunscreen, there are other measures we can all take to protect our skin from sun damage. Among them are wearing sunglasses, hats and long-sleeved shirts.
But what else can we do to win the war against the sun’s UV rays? Here are three suggestions:
1. Make shade your friend.
If you like being outdoors during the summer, we certainly don’t blame you. For us Canadians, we endure winters so long we all deserve to bask in the warmth and sunshine of the year’s hottest season. Still, seeking shade is a wise choice on particularly sunny days. As Sarah Lewis points out on HealthGrades.com, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you need to be outside during those hours, limit your sun exposure by staying in the shade.
“Try to schedule outdoor activities in the hours before or after this time,” advises Lewis, “If you must be in the sun during these hours, seek shade—trees, umbrellas and shelters—as often as possible. If you rely on an umbrella for shade at the beach, find one with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 30 or more.”
2. Beware your reflection.
It’s not that you’re not beautiful! It’s just that reflective surfaces do a lot more than allow you to see yourself. They also enable the sun’s UV rays to bounce about – and that includes bouncing directly into you!
“Certain surfaces reflect the sun and intensify your exposure to UV rays,” explains Lewis, “Any time you are around water, sand or snow, you need to think about reflection. It greatly increases the chance that you will sunburn. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to all exposed areas, including your lips.”
3. Try BBL.
When all else fails and the sun has done its harm, it’s time to fight back with a solution that is known to repair sun damage. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer BBL which is the world’s most powerful IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) device on the market. It sets new standards in treating skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles and sun damage.
The light energy delivered by BBL gently heats the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate. This process restores your skin to its natural beauty, making it clearer, smoother, vibrant and younger looking. Treatments are quick and effective with very little downtime.
Posted: July 17, 2019