When it comes to skincare, do you know what’s best for daily protection and care? Especially in the summer, it’s increasingly important to protect your face, neck and body from harsh UV rays. In fact, using a daily SPF of 15 can reduce your risk of skin cancer by almost 40%. Daily skincare not only drastically reduces your risk of common skin cancers like Melanoma and Basal Cell Carcinoma, but it also prevents premature skin-aging like wrinkles and sunspots.
As part of our on-going NorthCrest Q/A series, we sat down with Dr. Charles Mullins to talk all things summer skincare. From daily SPF to moisturizing cream, find out the best tips and tricks for caring for your skin this summer.
Q: What is the most important thing you can do for your skin during the summer?
A: “You should always wear sunscreen, especially throughout the hotter parts of the day. You should also wear long sleeves when possible! It’s important to wear a hat, wide brim hats are good to protect the ears.”
Q: When it comes to skincare, is hydration important?
A: “Becoming dehydrated will leave your skin dry, flaky and wrinkled. You could get a sunburn more easily when you are dehydrated but it is also harder for your skin to heal from sunburn when you are dehydrated.”
Q: What level of SPF should I be applying for daily outdoor wear? Do I need different levels for my face and body?
A: “When outdoors, you should use at least an SPF of 50 or greater. You want to have one that is water-resistant and has UV protection. For your face, there are brands of makeup that now have sunscreen in them that are water-resistant, however, you don’t necessarily need a stronger SPF for your face.”
Q: Do I really need to wear sunscreen all day?
A: “It is important to have sunscreen on all day, even on a cloudy day. You should also reapply your sunscreen every 1 ½ to 2 hours, especially if you have been in the water. Even if it is water-resistant, it still needs to be reapplied.”
Q: What is the best way to treat a facial/body sunburn? How can I minimize skin peeling?
A: “Aloe Vera cream is the best OTC cream to help with pain, irritation and swelling from a sunburn. Other creams that can be used are moisturizing creams with Vitamin E, Preparation H and steroid creams. These creams will also help to relieve the pain, burning and swelling. It’s also important not to burst sun blisters if possible. All of these creams will help heal the burn and help prevent further peeling.”
Interested in learning more about routine skincare? To schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles Mullins at Family Health Care Associates of NorthCrest in Greenbrier, TN, call 615-643-4534 or request an appointment online today!