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Dr. Tareen’s Guide on Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Summer

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Baby Kamran is wearing his hat to protect him from the sun

Kamran sporting his new hat and ready for the summer sun!

  1. Sunscreen is your friend: It is estimated that 90% of aging and skin cancers are related to ultraviolet light. A broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays will keep your skin safe and young!
  1. Sometimes more is not necessarily better: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 and above. SPF 15 protects against 93% of the sun’s rays, while SPF 30 protects against 97%, SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 100 blocks 99%. Thus, some dermatologists advocate that any sunscreen over 30 just gives users a false sense of security. More important than the number on the bottle is frequent re-application (every 2-4 hours), particularly after swimming or sweating.
  1. Use Sun Smarts: It is not just about sunscreen- the judicious use of sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sun protective clothing is equally as important as sunscreen. For my own children, I like rash guards and clothing that physically limits ultraviolet light on the skin. Two great affordable websites include www.coolibar.com and www.swimoutlet.com.
  1. Use an anti-oxidant: Topical anti-oxidants include vitamin C and ferrulic acid. These ingredients help neutralize free radicals -toxic compounds generated by sun and pollution. They provide an extra layer of protection from the sun and brighten the skin!

 

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