June 3, 2016
With Skin Cancer Awareness Month right behind us (May), hopefully everyone already has sun protection on their mind! As we learn more everyday about the harmful effects of the sun and air pollution on the skin, we must be vigilant in protecting ourselves. While skin cancer is the most dangerous effect of sun and environmental damage, we are also concerned with the visible signs of aging caused by excess exposure. Although wrinkles, brown spots, and poor skin quality are common signs of aging, we can slow and minimize these with the use of proper sun protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a Broad-Spectrum SPF 15 or higher every day and water resistant Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 for extended outdoor activity. You should be reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. My go to sunscreen for summer vacation is Elta UV Sport SPF 50. It is 80 minutes water resistant and safe for use on children. For the month of June enjoy a 10% savings on all Elta Sunscreens at the Plastic Surgery Group.
In addition, you can boost your skin protection by using an antioxidant serum such as Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF every morning after cleansing. CE Ferulic contains 15% L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and 1% alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E) along with a plant based antioxidant ferulic acid to protect against cellular damage. Antioxidants combat free radicals that cause us to age more quickly as well as help reverse existing damage. Think of an antioxidant as topical vitamins for your skin! For a limited time receive a free Physical Fusion SPF 50 facial sunscreen with your antioxidant purchase at the Plastic Surgery Group (a $34 value).
Katelyn Westbrook, RN, BSN
Katelyn serves as the full time Aesthetic Nurse for the Plastic Surgery Group. Her practice encompasses non-surgical procedures including comprehensive skincare, injectable fillers and BOTOX®. Katelyn is a member of the Association of Plastic Surgical Nurses and the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists.