Summer is just around the corner which means our exposure to sun will increase. Whether it’s laying out on the beach or walking to and from our cars, we are constantly exposed to the sun.
We recommend some amount of sunlight in order to support optimal Vitamin D levels, hormones, and a healthy mood but for optimum skin health, you want to avoid too much exposure to sun.
Sun Safety Tips
- Choose your sunscreen wisely.
- Pay attention to the inactive ingredients.
- Reapply every 2 hours.
- Support your sunburn.
- Increase your antioxidants.
- Take care of sun-damaged skin.
What sunscreen should I use?
Aim to use a mineral based sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide instead of a chemical sunscreen in order to reflect the harmful rays. Many of the chemical sunscreens have been shown to have hormone disrupting effects and high rates of allergic reactions. Not all chemical sunscreens are created equal and the Environmental Working Group has put together an easy chart to help you navigate sunscreen ingredients.
Here are some of our favorite mineral sunscreen brands:
- W.S. Badger Company
- Goddess Garden
- All Terrain
Pay attention to the inactive ingredients.
Stay away from sunscreens that contain retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) and keep your Vitamin A use to at night.
How often should I apply sunscreen?
Despite the number of your SPF, you still need to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours to ensure you are continuously protected from the sun.
What do I do if I get sunburned?
In the case you are overexposed to too much sunlight here are some of our favorite after-sun soothing products.
- Goddess Garden After-Sun Gel with Aloe Spray
- W.S. Badger After Sun Balm
- All Terrain Aloe Gel Skin Relief
- MyChelle Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray
Increase your antioxidants.
Increasing your dietary and supplemental antioxidants will help protect you from the inside out.
Focus on antioxidant rich foods like berries, leafy greens, carrots, red bell peppers, salmon, chocolate, green tea and high quality coffee.
Talk to your Spark doctor about adding in specific antioxidant support during these months of higher sun exposure.
Take care of sun-damaged skin.
Sometimes we don’t notice the after-effects of our sun exposure until years later. Here are some of our favorite ways to reverse the signs of aging due to sun exposure:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
- Vitamin A.
- Growth Factors.
Apply sunscreen daily to any areas of sun damage no matter what. This includes your neck, chest, and don’t forget the back of your hands!
For added sun protection in the morning use a topical Vitamin C serum for its antioxidant benefits. We love Skin Authority’s Super-C Serum and Devita’s C-Pro Plus for a 20% Vitamin C content that will help to brighten dark spots and increase collagen production.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
AHAs are exfoliants that are used to get rid of dead skin cells and can improve the appearance of sun damaged skin. We love Skin Authority’s Resurfacing Accelerator and Suki Skincare’s Resurfacing Enzyme Peel.
Whether you can tolerate a retinol or need a gentler version like retinyl palmitate, vitamin A is one of the best anti-aging nutrients around. Remember to only use in the evening! Our favorites are Skin Authority’s Vitamin A Cell Renewal and AllVia’s Retinol Cream.
With sun damage comes fine lines and wrinkles and one the best ways to nourish sun damaged skin is with Skin Authority’s Skin Growth Factor Technology (SGF-4). Using the Wrinkle Reversing Serum and Dramatic Eye Lift in the morning will tighten and brighten those areas that have had a little too much sun.
Is My Sunscreen Safe?
If you are curious about the safety of your sunscreen you have at home, use the Environmental Working Group Cosmetics Database to search for the safety of your products.
Learn More About Spark Health
For more information about Sun Safety and Skin Health, give us at a call at 858-228-4188 or email us at Spark@MySparkHealth.com.
Spark is conveniently located so we can serve patients in San Diego, and all of North County such as Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway.
The Spark Team