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Your Best Summer Skin

Sun-Safety-Summer.JPGWhen summer officially arrives, chances are you’re eager to get outside and enjoy some time in the sun. But before you grab your beach bag, make sure it’s stocked with everything you need to keep your skin safe this season.

“When people think of protecting their skin in the summer, they usually think of just using sunscreen to prevent sun damage,” says Erum Ilyas, MD, dermatologist at Paoli Hospital. “But that’s not the only issue there is to worry about.”

Although lathering up with sunscreen should be one of your biggest priorities before heading outside this summer, don’t forget to take additional precautions to protect yourself and your body from long-term damage. Below, Dr. Ilyas outlines what should be in your beach bag this summer to protect yourself from the sun.

Sunglasses: Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Buy a pair of sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UV protection to be sure you’ll be protected, even on days when you’re not wearing a hat.

Chapstick: It’s true—your lips can burn, too. Look for chapstick brands with SPF and apply regularly.

Hats: Whether you have a penchant for the floppy and oversized or a simple baseball cap, keeping a hat with you at all times can help shade you from the sun, as well as protect your scalp from getting sunburnt. Wide-brimmed hats are preferable to baseball hats, as many studies have shown increases in skin cancers on the tips of ears and back of the neck from baseball hats.

Moisturizer: On hot days spent outside, dry air can soak up the moisture in your skin. Combat it with a lotion that contains SPF and bring it with you for times when your skin feels especially flaky or scaly.

Facial Wipes: After a day on the beach or out in the yard, your skin is probably full of dirt and sweat from the day’s activities. Use facial wipes or oil-blotting sheets to prevent your pores from clogging and future breakouts.

Notice an unfamiliar bump or mark on your skin? Play it safe. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to have it checked out. To find a Main Line Health dermatologist in your area, visit our website.

 
Posted by Main Line Health on 6/7/2013 11:32:30 AM
Read more articles about: Erum_Ilyas_MD, Paoli_Hospital, Dermatology

Your Best Summer Skin

Sun-Safety-Summer.JPGWhen summer officially arrives, chances are you’re eager to get outside and enjoy some time in the sun. But before you grab your beach bag, make sure it’s stocked with everything you need to keep your skin safe this season.

“When people think of protecting their skin in the summer, they usually think of just using sunscreen to prevent sun damage,” says Erum Ilyas, MD, dermatologist at Paoli Hospital. “But that’s not the only issue there is to worry about.”

Although lathering up with sunscreen should be one of your biggest priorities before heading outside this summer, don’t forget to take additional precautions to protect yourself and your body from long-term damage. Below, Dr. Ilyas outlines what should be in your beach bag this summer to protect yourself from the sun.

Sunglasses: Protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. Buy a pair of sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UV protection to be sure you’ll be protected, even on days when you’re not wearing a hat.

Chapstick: It’s true—your lips can burn, too. Look for chapstick brands with SPF and apply regularly.

Hats: Whether you have a penchant for the floppy and oversized or a simple baseball cap, keeping a hat with you at all times can help shade you from the sun, as well as protect your scalp from getting sunburnt. Wide-brimmed hats are preferable to baseball hats, as many studies have shown increases in skin cancers on the tips of ears and back of the neck from baseball hats.

Moisturizer: On hot days spent outside, dry air can soak up the moisture in your skin. Combat it with a lotion that contains SPF and bring it with you for times when your skin feels especially flaky or scaly.

Facial Wipes: After a day on the beach or out in the yard, your skin is probably full of dirt and sweat from the day’s activities. Use facial wipes or oil-blotting sheets to prevent your pores from clogging and future breakouts.

Notice an unfamiliar bump or mark on your skin? Play it safe. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to have it checked out. To find a Main Line Health dermatologist in your area, visit our website.

 
Posted by Main Line Health on 6/7/2013 11:32:30 AM
Read more articles about: Erum_Ilyas_MD, Paoli_Hospital, Dermatology
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