Everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen. It protects your skin from sun burns which lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Although applying it to your skin is great, it will not work unless you apply it correctly. Here are some sunscreen application tips that are recommended by Susan H Weinkle, MD:
When shopping for sunscreen, you will definitely want to find one with broad spectrum coverage that is water resistant and has an SPF of at least 30. Broad spectrum coverage means that it protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Generously apply your sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, and make sure you are using a sunscreen that is not expired. If you wait until you are already out in the sun to put the sunscreen on, you will be unprotected and can burn. Make sure to put the sunscreen over all exposed areas of your body. Don’t forget the tops of your feet, legs, scalp, ears, neck, and hands! If you cannot reach you back, ask someone to help. To protect your lips, wear a lip balm with at least SPF 15.
Once you have sunscreen on, you will need to reapply it every couple of hours and more often if you will be sweating or swimming. Your sunscreen bottle will indicate if it is water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes. This means you will have to reapply after towel drying every 40 or 80 minutes in order to continue to be protected from the sun.
Wear your sunscreen every single day, regardless of season, time of day, or whether it is overcast outside. The sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can still burn your skin!
If you follow these tips, you will significantly decrease your chances of getting skin cancer as well as premature aging and sagging skin.
Susan H Weinkle, MD offers two fantastic sunscreens at her office. Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a broad spectrum, 100% mineral sunscreen that is water resistant for 40 minutes. It also has repairing capabilities to reverse some already present actinic damage. The other sunscreen offered at Susan H Weinkle, MD’s office is called Color Science loose mineral sunscreen SPF 50. This sunscreen is also broad spectrum and is water resistant for 80 minutes. For more information or to purchase some, please stop by the office or give us a call. Our address and phone number are on the home page of our website.
- Exfoliate your skin daily. This will help to unclog your pores and will improve the way your moisturizers and other skin care products work. The sun is very dehydrating to our skin and it can actually affect the way our bodies are designed to protect us from its harmful rays. If you properly exfoliate your skin, you should notice improvement in your skin’s barrier function, and in turn will help your skin better prepare for high quality skin care products designed to keep your skin protected.
- Keep your skin hydrated. After exfoliating, you should use a lightweight gel-type moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling plump and supple, not heavy and greasy. Apply your moisturizers at night and in the morning. It might be time to reconsider what moisturizers you use during the summer time because in this heat and humidity, the last thing you want to do is apply a super heavy product that ends up clogging your pores and causing breakouts. For those of you who are prone to dry skin, you might be pleasantly surprised by switching to a lighter formulated moisturizer. When you come in for an appointment, ask Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. which type of moisturizer she recommends for you.
- Antioxidant serums are a wonderful way to protect your skin from the summer sun’s harmful UVA/UVB/Infrared rays. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, and it can be purchased here in her office. TNS Essential Serum actually repairs and restores your skin while you sleep.
- Wear sunscreen! Make sure that your sunscreen is SPF 50 or higher, and you’ll need to apply it every morning all over your body. If you will be spending any time outdoors, you will want to reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day and into the early evening. Don’t forget the top of your head where your hair parts, your ears, hands, neck, and chest. This can be time consuming, but it’s better than getting skin cancer. Keep a small tube of sunscreen in your purse so that you’ll be prepared. Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. recommends Isdin Actinic Care Eryfotona Actinica sunscreen, which is also sold at her office. It not only protects you from the sun’s rays, but it also repairs previous actinic damage if applied twice daily.
- Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. also recommends that you wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a UV rating when you’re outside. This is especially important during peak sun hours from 10 am to 2 pm.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. If you infuse it with lemons, herbs and fruit to enhance its effectiveness and absorption. Not only does the sun dehydrate your skin, but it also dehydrates the rest of your body as well. Stay ahead of the game by ensuring that you’re drinking adequate amounts of water each day.
- Trust your dermatologist! We are here to guide you to the most excellent skin care products and beauty routines to ensure you keep your skin nourished and gorgeous for life!
As you approach your mid thirties or older, it is common to see fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, and in between your eyebrows, especially if you are very into an emotional discussion or situation. While they might disappear when you relax your face, they are essentially the beginning of more permanent set-in wrinkles that more mature skin tends to have. While they are a normal part of aging and occur from repetitive facial expressions, if you receive Botox treatments, you do not have to live with wrinkles!
Botox is a purified protein that is produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. There have been no significant side effects connected with its utilization by dermatologists. It is a natural and tremendously harmless (yet short term) way of eliminating wrinkles and fine lines on the face and neck.
A few drops of Botox are injected with a very thin needle into the muscle that is instigating the wrinkle. Botox takes about a week or so for the full effects to take place. The Botox prevents the muscles from contracting and relaxing, which ultimately deteriorates the muscles and softens the skin… and the wrinkles often vanish! The results last for about three months, so repeat treatments will be crucial. Not only can Botox diminish wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, forehead, and eyebrows, it can also be injected into precise muscles of the forehead to elevate the eyebrows to produce a stunning arch and give the eyes a larger appearance.
The most frequent sites for the use of Botox are the frown lines between the eyes, the creases of the forehead, and the crow’s feet on the sides of the eyes. Botox is also used to remedy lines around the mouth and necklines. Your skin will not feel any differently, nor will you feel pain or numbness after receiving Botox. The effects are eminent only in the particular muscles that have been injected with Botox, and the rest of the body will remain unaffected.
Botox has been safely used for more than a decade for the management and relief of spasms of the eye. Many patients have noticed diminishment of wrinkles around the eye after Botox treatments. Dermatologists then broadened the use of Botox particularly for the relaxation of wrinkles. In addition, patients who received Botox and who also suffered from migraines noted that their migraines subsided and results often lasted for up to a year, even after the Botox effect on wrinkles had ended.
Botox has also been proven to help control involuntary, excessive sweating of the underarms, hands, and feet. One should note that there is typically some slight short-term loss of strength of the treated extremity, usually lasting two to three weeks, however the reduction of sweating can last up to six months after receiving the Botox treatment.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Susan H. Weinkle, M.D. to determine if Botox treatments might be right for you, please call our office (941) 794-5432. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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