Walking on Sunshine!
Woohoooo! Welcome to my ultimate favorite time of year! Yes I've said it before. I am a true spring and summer girl. Give me sunshine, fresh air, flowers and last but certainly not least, the BEACH! Ahh I can almost smell the salty air. I absolutely love being outside. Whether its to finally be able to take long walks with my kids and the dogs or just sitting on the porch with my husband listening to some music while the kids play in the yard, I absolutely love this time of year.
Take a step back to 20+ years ago and you would find a silly teenage me covered in baby oil, laying out on the black top roof outside of my bedroom window with my boom box blaring, just to get that perfectly bronzed skin. (Yes I may have had some lemon juice in my hair too) Yikes! Crazy right? Now comes the age old saying... If I only knew then what I know now.
Being outside more obviously means more sun exposure. If you know me just a little bit you'll know that I am constantly screaming to the world via Facebook to wear sunscreen. My husband, who often works outside, will tell you he never hears the end of it. Take it from me who learned the hard way, sun spots or any hyperpigmentation is so incredibly hard to get rid of. We do have several ways to treat sun damage and age spots here at the spa but the best way to keep them away is prevention in the form of wearing a sunblock. No I'm not talking about your mineral makeup that just happens to have an spf of 15. I say this with nothing but love, that is not enough! You need more protection.
Now I know there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to sunscreen. I always head right over the FDA website where you can research the safety and effectiveness of active ingredients in sunblock. Spending time in the sun not only increases your chances of skin cancer but can also prematurely age your skin. Think Magda from There's Something About Mary.. Okay I'm being a tad dramatic but who wants wrinkles? I know I don't and I'm sure you don't either.
Here are a few tips to reduce your risk: Wear sunscreen regularly and reapply at least every two hours. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF values of 15 or higher. Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10 am-2 pm when the sun is the most intense.
If you want to be pointed in the right direction of a sunscreen or you need help battling those pesky spots on your cheeks please feel free to reach out to me personally. I want to help you be your best self which is why I am offering all of you loyal readers 10% off your first Clear and Brilliant treatment when you book with me and mention this blog.
Sincerely, your local skin care advocating Aesthetician,
Tina Alexander, LMA