At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re proud to serve as your full-service medical spa for a variety of treatment needs, from Botox and other dermal fillers to laser treatments, tattoo removal and many others. We’re also dedicated to ensuring long-term results and maintaining skin comfort and quality, for which we offer several anti-aging skin care products in addition to a wide range of expertise on this and related subjects.
One of the most common products we’re asked about with regard to both optimization of our med spa treatments and general daily skin care: Sunscreen, particularly during the warmest periods of the year like the summer we’re entering. Sunscreen use is often hugely valuable for protecting the skin from ultraviolet rays and their risks, particularly in the aftermath of a medical spa treatment. At the same time, there are some common errors clients make with sunscreen use that puts their skin, and even sometimes their treatment results, at risk. This two-part blog will go over each of these and help you avoid any mistakes while purchasing or utilizing sunscreen.
Improper or Insufficient Application
For starters, you need at least a certain minimum threshold of sunscreen to do the job properly. The general rule here is about a quarter-sized dollop of sunscreen for your face and neck, at least a golf-ball-sized area of sunscreen for bathing suit season, and roughly a tablespoon for those wearing shorts or a dress.
Be sure to maintain proper coverage during spreading and avoid missing any spots, particularly with spray options. With these products, we recommend double application.
Sunscreen needs 15 to 30 minutes to be properly absorbed into the skin for optimal protection. You should plan out application, which should take place indoors before the skin can be exposed to any UV rays.
Overreliance on Sunscreen
Sunscreen is just one part of a comprehensive protection plan against the sun, and its application should not cause you to relax on other elements herein. Protective clothing for certain areas is always valuable, as are hats and sunglasses.
And for many people, especially those looking to maintain recent medical spa results or avoid long-term risks like skin cancer, avoidance of prolonged exposure to heavy sun is the best method available. Even the best sunscreen doesn’t stop all the rays on the UV spectrum, some of which can be damaging to the skin in ways beyond your standard sunburn. If you have any significant skin conditions or risks, or if you’ve recently undergone a medical spa treatment that impacts the skin, avoiding sun exposure might be your best bet.
For more on avoiding mistakes related to sunscreen use and skin care, or to learn about any of our med spa services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.