3 Summer Skin Care Tips from Dr. Jacobson

Medical Dermatology WASummertime is finally upon folks and us across the Pacific Northwest are taking advantage of sunnier days and warmer temperatures. This can mean a lot of great memories, a glowing tan, and, we hate to say it, long term UV damage.

The UV rays that are absorbed into your skin have a powerful effect. These rays break down the collagen we all need to look younger for more years of our life. UV damage shows up down the line as laxity (then sagging), hyperpigmentation, and possibly as precancerous lesions. As your concerned dermatologist team in Seattle and Renton, it is important that we help you understand the dangers of too much sun, and how to avoid the effects of UV damage on your skin.

Caring for your Skin in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Apply it. Sunscreen is your best summertime skin-saving friend. Good products are those that offer broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen works by either filtering light, or be reflecting it. People with sensitive skin may prefer physical sunblock products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Chemical sunscreen products are made with organic compounds the diminish the amount of light that is absorbed.
  2. Wear it. The right clothing can make a world of difference for your skin. We normally consider hitting that trail in shorts and a tank top, but UV protection would be better provided by a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt. Hats are also advantages for sun-safety. Hats protect the skin on the face that is most susceptible to UV damage and skin cancer. The wider the rim, the greater the extent of protection (ears and neck).
  3. Avoid it. Sunless tanning became a popular trend when studies indicated just how dangerous UV rays are to the skin. The thing is, tanning beds also bronze the skin with UV light. In fact, it has been determined that the UV light in tanning beds significantly increases the risk of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer.

We understand the draw toward the warming rays of the sun, and would not expect you to stay indoors when summer comes calling. Using safe habits, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: summer sunshine and smooth, healthy skin.

Has UV damage become obvious on your face, chest, arms, or hands? We can help. Contact Pacific Dermatology at 206-859-5777.

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