Where You Live Effects Your Skin

Plastic Surgeon serving Lutherville Timonium, Baltimore & Columbia areas of Maryland

When it comes to your skin, what part of the United States you live in can impact your skin's health. Some cities are worse for the skin during the summer and other cities are worse in the winter. If you reside in Portland, Oregon, good for your and your skin! However, if Las Vegas is home, not so lucky for you.

Experts such as Dr. Adam Basner, have gave reasoning as to why some cities are better for us than other. Such as UV exposure. Cities that have sunshine year-round sound wonderful, however, all that exposure to UV rays can be damaging to your skin if you aren't careful.

The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland can't repeat it enough how UV radiation is a large factor in the cause of skin cancer, not to mention it ages you premature and the sunburns too. However, cities that may not have all that much sunshine on them but are at a higher elevation usually have less cloud coverage and are exposed to more UV rays.

This includes tanning beds! Some cities have tanning salons on every corner. The news stories and studies that have warned us about the dangers of indoor tanning, it's a trend that just won't stop, or at least not tomorrow. If you live in a city that tanning salons are the thing to do, avoid them!

The most dangerous skin cancer ever is Melanoma. Some cities it is more prevalent than in other cities. If studies have indicated that your hometown has a high number of Melanoma cases, take action now to prevent being one of the victims. Again, our staff here at The Plastic Surgery Center can't repeat it enough, sunscreen is the most important thing you can do to protect your skin along with visiting your doctor regularly to be checked for Melanoma.

Some cities are more known to have residents using sunscreen than others. No matter where you live, how much or little direct sun you get, sunscreens is the protection you need to fight off both UVA and UVB rays. A good physical block against those UV rays is a zinc-oxide sunscreen. Low on the chemical contents that are known to weaken a sunblock product over time. Wearing a hats is a great tool to lessen your exposure to the sun, and they're stylish! Not sure of the best sunscreen product for you? Give us a call at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland for suggestions.

Pollution can have an impact on your exposure to UV rays too. The free radicals that come from pollution make the effect of the ultraviolet rays worse, thereby causing more damage to your skin's DNA. Best protection in cities with high pollution levels is to stay indoors on high-ozone days.

As it has been mentioned here in The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland's blog before, and we can't stress it enough. Smoking does more damage than just to your lungs. Inhaling cigarette smoke damages your blood vessels. Your blood vessels are the roadways in your body that sends the nutrition your skin needs to be healthy.

Exercising is just as good for your skin as cigarette smoking is bad for your skin. Pumping up that blood rate by exercise gives your body more oxygen and makes the blood flow better. In addition, sweating from a workout is getting those poisonous toxins out of your body as well as relieving stress.

The health of your skin is effected by a combination of many things, such as environmental, genetic and your lifestyle. Dr. Basner and the staff at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland can not stress enough the importance of proper skin care. If you are one of those who has already suffered damage to your skin, it's not too late. Give us a call today for a consultation and let us help you find that beautiful, smooth skin. Revealing the Beauty in You is our goal.