After spending much of the winter and spring inside, people are starting to get outdoors more often with the easing of stay-at-home orders and the arrival of good weather. 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 in Burlington.
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 or spending time in the water.
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 30. The glōMinerals Cosmetics line of makeup products we offer includes broad-spectrum UV protection, an important consideration that incorporates sun protection as part of your overall skin health and beauty plan.
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:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Chemical and laser peels
- Broadband light (BBL)
- Beauty Booster microneedling with PRP
Our aesthetic specialists can recommend specific treatments for your concerns and create a customized plan designed to produce the best 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.