Being out in the sunshine is invigorating. It helps regulate sleep, it stimulates our ‘feel good’ hormones, and it rejuvenates the body with essential vitamin D. But too much exposure can be damaging to your skin and your health. Frequent exposure to the sun is considered the single leading cause of premature ageing and skin cancer. That’s why protecting your skin from the sun is so important.

But enjoying the rays doesn’t mean you have to succumb to skin damage. To help ensure your skin is well protected, here are some essential tips to remember for taking care of your skin when you’re heading out in the sun.

Protection Against Skin Cancer

The Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause a number of harmful effects, most notably, skin cancer. Skin cancer has become one of the most widespread forms of cancer that exist today, but luckily, you can protect yourself by loading up on SPF sun protection each time you head outside. Any sunscreen or moisturizer must be at least a factor 30 SPF and waterproof in order to provide adequate protection against skin cancer. And remember, this isn’t just for summer days. Overcast weather, including during the wintertime, can still mean your skin is being exposed to harmful UV rays.

Protection Against Sun Damage

Sun damage is, of course, far less worrisome, but it can still produce noticeable, unwanted results on your skin. Wrinkles, sun spots, and uneven texture and tone can add years to a person’s appearance. Patients in their thirties or later are particularly prone to this since sun damage starts at an early age and can take years to emerge. Thankfully, there are many different, effective treatments available today that are designed to treat and counteract the effects of this.

At Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a variety of services to help reduce and reverse the signs of ageing and the impacts that the sun can produce on your skin. Our Intense Pulsed Light photo facial treatment, for example, is designed to combat many of the visible effects of the sun, such as age spots, discolouration, broken capillaries, wrinkles and more.

Many of our patients also utilize our cosmetic fillers to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, along with micro-needling which stimulates collagen and new skin cell growth to produce smooth, firmer looking skin.

To learn more about the effects of sun damage and how our treatments can help repair and reduce the visible signs of sun damage on your skin, contact us today to set up an appointment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer your questions and address any of your concerns to help determine what the best treatment is for your skin.