How do you feel about our website?
Great   Indifferent

5 Tips to Prevent Sun Damage this Summer

After a long winter and an unprecedented amount of time indoors, the temptation to shed all your layers of cold-weather clothes and bare your skin in the warmth of the sun is strong. While many things in life have changed over the last few months, one thing remains constant — too much sun exposure is dangerous. In fact, your lack of exposure this year makes it even more critical that you take extra precautions when you finally do go out. 

Our team of expert aestheticians here at Gago Wellness in Brighton, Michigan sees the damaging effects of sun damage everyday. If your skin already shows the signs of premature aging and sun damage, we can help you turn back the clock and reverse much of that damage. But you can do yourself a big favor by following these five tips to prevent the destruction before it starts.

1. Sunscreen rules

It’s probably not surprising that sunscreen tops our list of must-dos for protecting your skin when you go outside, as it’s still the very best way to stay safe out there. Look for a broad-spectrum product that has an SPF of 30. This ensures protection from both types of the sun’s harmful rays (UVA and UVB). Higher SPF numbers only marginally increase the amount of time you can spend in the sun, but not enough to pay more for them.

Make sure you reapply every 2-3 hours, even if the label says it’s waterproof or sweatproof. And always check the expiration date.

2. Hit the shade

Smart sun protection doesn’t mean you need to stay locked up inside; it does mean making smart choices when you’re out there. Find shade whenever you can. If you’re at a sporting event, sit under an awning or a tree. If there are no natural shade options, bring your own. Large umbrellas and wide-brimmed hats block the sun from hitting you directly and are important tools in the prevention of skin cancer.

Clothing is a form of shade as well. In fact, some manufacturers infuse their garments with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) to block damaging rays from penetrating through to your skin.

3. Check the clock

You can help keep your skin safe from sun damage by simply knowing when the sun’s rays are the most intense and avoid going out during that time. 

That means go ahead and play tennis or tend your garden in the morning or late afternoon. But do your best to choose indoor activities between 10am and 3pm

4. Protect your eyes

We often choose sunglasses because they’re fashionable and match our outfit. But their primary purpose is to protect your eyes from sun damage. Overexposure to the sun can burn your eyes just like it burns your skin. The effects can range from mild to serious and include:

Protect your eyes by choosing sunglasses that block 99%-100% of all UV rays.

5. Love your lips

The skin on your lips is especially susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer because it contains no melanin. Most people who diligently apply sunscreen throughout the day and heed the warnings about the harmful effects of the sun neglect their lips. 

Every time you go outside, make sure to take out your tube or tub of lip balm, and make sure it contains a sun-protection factor. Do this regardless of the weather, and you'll keep your lips safe, soft, and supple.

Oops, I already have sun damage. Now what?

Whether you’ve been a sun worshipper your whole life or you accidentally forgot sunscreen a couple times and got badly burned, you likely have sun damage already. Classic signs are:

At Gago Wellness, we can help reduce the traces of sun damage on your skin with a revolutionary technology called Forever Young BroadBand Light™ (BBL). This safe, noninvasive, and highly effective treatment penetrates the layers of your skin, targeting the spots and patches of damaged cells. 

Forever Young BBL works from the inside out by stimulating your body’s own natural healing properties, and increases your production of collagen. It also triggers cell renewal so you can replace the damaged cells and end up with fresher, younger-looking skin.

If you have sun-damaged skin or any other skin issues, call us at 810-315-6863 or request a new consultation with our online booking tool. We can help you achieve smoother, clearer skin in time for summer.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Chemical Peel versus Photofacial: Which Is Best for Me?

You have a few skin issues you’d love to solve, but when you started looking into your options, you became overwhelmed. It’s a classic conundrum. If you’ve narrowed it down to chemical peels and photofacials, we can help you make the best decision.

5 Foods that Promote Feminine Health

When you think of eating well, you probably think of the benefits to your heart, your gut, and your skin. But your diet also makes a difference in your female parts. Here’s what you should eat to keep your vagina happy and healthy.

What is BBL? Learn Everything You Need to Know Here

You’ve always used light to illuminate, navigate, and communicate — now you can use it to eliminate all the skin problems that creams and lotions can’t correct. Find out how BBL uses the power of light to give you flawless skin.

5 Skin Concerns to Treat with a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are great multitaskers for your common skin problems. It may surprise you to learn what they can do. Here are the top five reasons to get a professional chemical peel this spring.

What to Expect during a Hair Reduction Session

You pluck, sheer, tweeze, trim, wax, and shave, but still your hair grows back. Stop torturing yourself. You can get better results and smoother skin with Forever Bare™ BBL hair reduction. Here’s what to expect.