Summer Skin Care

April 8, 2016 01:00 PM

In New Jersey, we love the sun and can’t wait to hit the beach or relax by the pool on a sunny summer day. Many of us have overdone it occasionally and suffered the pain of a sunburn. Too much sun, even just a couple of bad sunburns, can lead to permanent skin damage and even a type of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. People with fair skin are more at risk and need to be extra careful when enjoying outdoor activities. Even cloudy days can result in a sunburn or skin changes which can later lead to skin cancer.

Sun exposure also causes premature skin aging resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, known as hyperpigmentation. Proper use of sunscreen is the best way to prevent sun damage. In a recent study, it was demonstrated that regular use of 15 SPF sunscreen can slow the signs of premature skin aging including the development of wrinkles. Sunscreen should be applied before sun exposure for the day and then periodically throughout time spent in the sun, particularly after being in the water.

For skin with sun damage, there are treatments and products such as lotions, peels, and laser treatments which can help reverse the cosmetic damage. Starting at age 40, everyone should have annual skin checkups for skin cancer. Get a skin checkup before summer begins and consider treatments that can help restore the look you love.


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