April 20, 2023

| perri dermatology
Medically reviewed by Anthony J. Perri, M.D.

Once the air starts to warm up, many folks will want to take advantage of their swimming pools and trips to the beach. It’s what you’ve been looking forward to all year long; putting on a swimsuit, opening your sunroof, and soaking up the warmth of the sun. While this time is very exciting, remember that there are some precautions you will want to prioritize before jumping in.

The Damage of Sun Exposure

Don’t put a damper on your summer fun by paying the consequences of not wearing sunscreen. Vitamin D is important for bone formation, controlling infections, and is a great source of reducing inflammation. With that being said, too much of anything isn’t good for anyone. An overexposure of UV rays can destroy collagen fibers, leading to early signs of aging, freckles, dark spots, and other forms of permanent damage. In worse cases, too much sun can eventually lead to cancer. When spending time outside, it is crucial to consider these consequences and to find a sunscreen that meets your needs.

Sunscreen & Skin Type

Just like any other skin product, you should select a sunscreen for your personal skin type. Depending on if you have normal, oily, dry, or combination, you will need to find a sunscreen that is compatible.

Dry: Dry skin patients will want to search for a sunscreen with moisturizing and hydrating ingredients. Having dry skin will likely be flakey, dry, and itchy. This can be uncomfortable to withstand along with the heat of the summer, and will likely infuriate your skin even more. It is important to look for SPF formulas that include ingredients such as glycerin, ceramides, or hyaluronic acid.

Oily: Many find that most sunscreen products can feel thick, sticky, and greasy upon the skin. For those with oily skin, heavy sunscreens will do you a huge disservice. Possibly opt out for a lighter, water-based formula that will adapt well with your natural oils.

Acne Prone or Sensitive: Acne prone and sensitive skin can be easily irritated if paired with the wrong ingredients. Mineral sunscreens with zinc and titanium dioxide tend to benefit those with common rosacea flare ups, break outs, and eczema. It is also wise to avoid any product that is heavily scented with fragrances of any kind.

It may be a drag to apply SPF before heading outside, but remember the risks you take if you don’t. No matter what skin type you have, the consequences and long-term effects are all the same. Take action in protecting your skin from the harsh rays this summer, your future self will thank you for it!

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