Getting Sun Ready: How to Enjoy the Sun Safely

Let’s talk about the benefits of getting outside—fresh air, a dose of vitamin D, and relieving stress—go hand-in-hand with proper skin care and the need to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging effects.

Health Benefits of Being Outside

Most people intuitively understand that getting outside provides health benefits. Science agrees, especially if you live close to nature and spend significant time outside. A study that included research data compiled from 20 countries involving more than 290 million people showed that exposure to green space reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

Why Sun Protection Is Important

We’ve probably all heard the saying, “too much of a good thing.” That’s certainly true when it comes to sun exposure. Despite the benefits of being outdoors, it’s important to prepare by wearing hats, finding shade if you’re going to be outside for an extended period, and applying and re-applying sunscreen. Many people apply sunscreen only at the beginning of the day and then spend hours outside without re-applying. Sunscreen’s protective abilities wear off within hours, so it needs to be applied often—especially if you’re sweating a lot or spending time in the water.

Another important factor to note – It’s vital to use the correct type of sunscreen! It should offer broad-spectrum UV protection with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50. One of our favs, the colorescience sunforgettable face shield, is a top seller for a couple key reasons.

1) It offers all mineral actives, that means, no chemicals!

2) It is water and sweat resistant &

3) It applies on your face and body like a beautiful, natural-looking tinted primer.

What About Existing Sun Damage?

It’s a fact that many of us don’t appreciate the benefits of protecting our skin from the sun until we begin to notice signs of sun damage. The sun is the primary cause of premature signs of aging, such as uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and age spots. The good news is that you don’t have to live with them. Nonsurgical treatments we offer at Cosmedica can reverse signs of sun damage. These procedures include:

We also can recommend combination therapy with medical grade skincare to get your skin in tip top shape. Healthy skin will perform better with nonsurgical treatments and also diminish the chances of any side effects or complications.

Our expert nurses can recommend specific treatments for your concerns and create a customized plan designed to produce the best possible outcome based on your goals, budget, and time. You can see the results produced by laser skin resurfacing treatments in our gallery of before-and-after photos featuring some of our actual patients.

Our practice has reopened, and you can request a skincare consultation in Burlington by contacting us using the online form or by calling Cosmedica Professional Skin Care Centres at (905) 631-6288.

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