Spring is here, the birds are singing and the sun is bright after a long, cold winter. However, caution is advised! Spring weather can be misleading. There are evil hazards lying in wait! While the cool temperatures cloak the threatening risks of the bright sun and it's UV rays. Many of us don't realize that springtime is when the sun is at it's highest point in the sky and it's UV rays are stronger. As such, the energy from the sun heats up the atmosphere faster and hotter.
Not only will the sun's UV rays leave behind a bad sunburn for you, the ultraviolet rays are extremely damaging to skin that is unprotected. While the damage may not be apparent for years, those age spots, blotchy skin, deep wrinkles, and saggy skin will show up. Not to mention the risk of skin cancer increases, the number one cancer for both men and women. Even though the general public has become more aware of the dangers that excessive sun exposure can do, too many are still going without UV protection or use sun protection rarely.
The simplest way to protect your skin is to limit your vulnerability and exposure to the sun's UV rays. The most cost-efficient method to preserve a youthful look is to be certain that sun protection a regular part of your daily routine. When your plans include being outdoors an extensive amount of time, look for shade as much as possible, it is the best way to protect yourself from the sun.
Remember though that shade is not total protection. The sun's UV rays will ricochet off of surfaces like ice, sand, snow and water. So while you may be using an umbrella for protection from the sun, being close to these surfaces is the same as being in an ocean or swimming pool.
There is no exclusive product that gives 100 percent protection from the sun's damaging UV rays. You must use a combination of a broad-range sun protective product along with seeking shade to reach peak protection. Make it part of your daily regiment to practice sun safety year round, especially in the spring. Apply your sunscreen thirty minutes prior to going out then reapply every few hours. Wear tight weaved clothing to protect your arms, hands and legs along with a wide brim hat that shades your face, head and neck. When possible, plan your outdoor activities before 10am and after 4pm when the sun is at it's mildest.
If you are one of those people that didn't heed sunscreen warnings in the past and have those age spot or deep wrinkles, don't despair. Give us a call at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland today and make an appointment for a consultation* with Dr. Adam Basner. At The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, we want to Reveal The Beauty In You.