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Sun Damage 101

Girl on the Beach Preventing Sun Damage in the Shade

Your summer goal may be to look like a golden goddess but before you head out to the beach, consider these safe sun habits and get educated on sun damage.

The effects of the sun on your skin and the degree of damage it can cause varies depending on the level of sun exposure you’ve experienced, your skin type, your age and a variety of other factors. Scroll down for basic tips and ways to keep your skin healthier, longer.

HOW THE SUN AFFECTS YOUR SKIN

Cloudy or sunny, cold or hot, the sun is always beating down on your body and may be damaging your skin.

Sunscreen is important for your face and body. Make sure that your sunscreen contains either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

Never step outside without at least SPF 30, especially on your face.

Here are more tips for helping to protect your skin against the sun.

Be a Hero Save Skin from the Sun

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UVA & UVB rays are different. Get educated on the differences and make sure that you are protected against both types of rays!

SUN DAMAGE IS VERY REAL

Your grandma might have told you those adorable freckles were angel kisses when you were a kid, but the reality is that most freckles are caused by sun damage. And though they can add a little character and charm, what is happening underneath those adorable marks, can be quite serious!

SUN SPOTS

Excessive exposure to sun early in life can make you look older than you really are.

This premature wrinkling and skin damage from sun exposure is called photoaging. One way to help prevent photoaging is to visit your dermatologist regularly for skin check-ups.

Your doctor may recommend procedures like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser therapy or fillers to help reduce the visible signs of sun damage.

Talk to your derm about any sun spots, unusual bumps or moles that you’ve noticed which can develop into skin cancer if not caught early.

Some practices offer UVA1 treatments which work by slowing down cell growth and inflammation that causes skin aging problems to develop.

FINE LINES & WRINKLES

Both UVA and UVB rays cause damage that leads to wrinkles, lower immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer.

Even if you wear sunglasses, when the sun hits your eyes, we tend to frown, squint and make other facial expressions that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. UV radiation deeply penetrates into the layers of the skin which in turn, cause skin to sag and droop.

If this doesn’t sound like fun to you, try the NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Reducer attachment! This is a great way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that have been caused over the years by sun damage.

It delivers a precise combination of red, amber and infrared light that penetrates different depths of your dermis to target deep wrinkles and fine lines.

SUN BURNS

Sunburns typically begin to appear within 4 to 6 hours after getting out of the sun and usually fully appear within 12 to 24 hours. There are three primary types of burns: first-, second-, and third-degree.

  • first-degree burns: red, nonblistered skin
  • second-degree burns: blisters and some thickening of the skin
  • third-degree burns: widespread thickness with a white, leathery appearance

To help relieve the pain, drink plenty of fluids, take cold baths and moisturize to prevent dryness.

Summer tip: Freeze your favorite aloe vera gel to create ice cubes that you can then rub over your burns to cool and soothe your skin.

More serious burns can lead to blisters, which are usually quite painful and uncomfortable. It is important not to rupture blisters as this slows down the natural healing process and may lead to infection.

The lesson? Plan your time in the sun strategically: The sun is most intense between 10am and 2pm.

8 SUN DAMAGE PREVENTION TIPS

  • Minimize unnecessary sun exposure
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating
  • Wear 100% UV protection sunglasses
  • Wear tight-weave clothing for extra cover
  • Reapply often and generously, every 3 hours is recommended
  • Avoid mid-day sun between 10am-2pm
  • Seek out shade or make the “umbrella-look” your new thing

SKIN CARE FOR HEALTHIER SKIN

Try one of these four skin care products if you’re looking to lift, tone, brighten or refresh!

NuFACE Collagen Booster Serum

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TIGHTEN

Need a little T.L.C? The NuFACE Collagen Booster is made with Copper Complex which is known to firm and tighten skin. Bonus! It also promotes healing for sun damaged skin.

NuFACE Lifter Infusion Serum

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LIFT

Looking for a Lift? Lift aging, tired and sagging skin with the NuFACE Lifter Serum. This double action serum uses hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to plump skin while reducing skin discoloration from sun damage.

NuFACE Nourisher Serum

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LIFT

Your face is exposed to UV rays most of the day. Consider protecting it with the NuFACE Nourisher Infusion Serum. With a combined power of apple, grape and alpine rose stem cells, this serum protects skin against UV and environmental damages to help skin remain younger and healthier.

NuFACE Smoother Serum

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SMOOTH

The NuFACE Smoother Infusion Serum has 6 super powerful peptides that provide noticeable long-lasting results. The Smoother serum increases microcirculation and relaxes facial muscles to reduce wrinkles. Say “Bye Felicia!” to wrinkles!

These NuFACE skin protecting and enhancing serums work great when combined with a microcurrent treatment to keep skin toned and lifted. Learn more about microcurrent treatments to see how you can take your beauty routine to the next level.

FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT

If you’re dead-set on a bronzy glow and are dedicated to keeping your skin healthy, consider some of these best-selling and top rated bronzers for your face and body.

  • The Body Shop Dry Bronze Bronzing Oil
  • Charlotte Tillbury Supermodel Body
  • Ciaté London BIKINI BODY BALM Body Illuminator
  • NARS Monoi Body Glow
  • Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
  • Benefit Bathina “take a picture…it lasts longer…”

We’ve come up with a couple of favorite bonus bronzers below, that give you an instant glow!

Tarte Brazilliance™ PLUS+ Self-Tanner + Mitt

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Try this for the most talked about tan in town.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Face and Body Mist

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All in all, our best advice is to proactively protect yourself against sun damage. Your skin is fragile and the sun is harsh. Consider how the sun might affect your skin every single day – your future self will thank you.

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