Arizona Skin Care
We all know that summer skin care begins with proper protection. Even through cooler months it’s important to remember to continue protecting your skin from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. El Con Health and Wellness Center has a number of ways to help you stay protected from the sun, and help you repair your skin if you’ve begun to notice signs of damage caused by our desert rays!
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!
The damaging effects from the sun can lead to premature skin aging, age spots, and even skin cancer, including melanoma. In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in 2 million people annually. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined. To avoid these threats, wear a high-quality broad-spectrum sunscreen like Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are formulated to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays—the two types of UV light that damage the skin.
You will need to re-apply every 2 hours if you plan to be outside, but even if you plan on being indoors the entire day, it is still important to apply sunscreen! Why? You will still be exposed to UV radiation for short periods throughout the day: when you walk to your car, go to get the mail, stand near a window, etc. Also remember that lotions and makeup that contain sunscreen should not replace your sunscreen. They’re simply not strong enough for UV protection.
Options for Sun Damaged Skin
Even with your best efforts, it’s likely that as you age, you will begin to see more damage to your skin due to UVA and UVB exposure: wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, age spots, and changes in skin texture can all make us look older than we are. We have many options to help treat and reverse signs of aging. We like to use a combination of daily topical skincare treatment with targeted non-invasive therapies such as laser removal of brown spots, radiofrequency micro needling to correct skin texture and fine wrinkles, and even chemical peels specifically designed to target damaged areas of the skin that hold dangerous precancerous cells. Topical products we recommend are high quality, medical-grade lines that treat, correct and prevent further damage. Come discuss the best treatment options for you with a free consultation.