couple sunbathingBy Dr. Amanda Lloyd, Dermatologist

  1. Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is essential to protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Make sure your sunscreen is at least a SPF of 50 and is broad spectrum. Sunscreen with a SPF of 50 blocks out two times more of the harmful ultraviolet radiation than SPF 30 and can help protect you from sunburn.
  2. Antioxidants
    Antioxidants are an amazing adjunct to sunscreen and should be applied to your skin before your sunscreen in the morning. When ultraviolet radiation hits your skin it generates free radicals which bounce around within your skin and damage your DNA, collagen and elastin, affecting the health of your skin overall. Antioxidants act like ping pong paddles hitting the free radical ping pong balls off your skin. The three most effective antioxidants for this purpose are vitamin C, vitamin E and iron.
  3. Hat
    A wide-brimmed hat is a necessary part of your summer attire. A baseball cap just doesn’t do the trick as it only protects your forehead. Ideally your hat would have a wide enough brim that your chin and sides of your face are not in the sun. That being said, a hat is an accessory to your sunscreen, not a substitution, but have fun shopping for a large brimmed summer hat to block those harmful rays.
  4. Clothing with UPF
    Clothing now can have something called an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating. This rating lets you know how much ultraviolet radiation is filtered out by the fabric. Rash guards, exercise shirts, bathing suit cover-ups and more now come with a UPF rating so your skin is even more protected. Just like a hat, your outfit with UPF is in addition to your base layer of sunscreen that you apply every morning.
  5. Botox and Sunglasses
    The bright summer sun causes us to squint. Unfortunately, squinting is terrible for your skin as it is one of the causes of the creases between the eyebrows, or the “11” lines. Using sunglasses to filter out some of the ultraviolet radiation to protect our eyes is critical as well as using the sunglasses to prevent squinting. The more you squint the worse “11” lines become. To help reduce these “11” lines or prevent them from forming, Botox is your best friend. Botox is used to relax the muscles so that you can’t squint as strongly as before, giving your skin time to recover from constantly being squished together.

I wish you a happy and safe summer spent outside in beautiful Southern California!

dr. amanda lloyd dermatologistAbout Dr. Lloyd
Dr. Amanda Abramson Lloyd is a board certified dermatologist affiliated with Tri-City Medical Center who believes in providing personalized, tailored care so you leave feeling happy in your skin. Dr. Lloyd received her medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine, and completed her dermatology residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and served as chief resident. Dr. Lloyd then received additional training in non-surgical cosmetic dermatology, Mohs surgery, venous and laser medicine. After finishing her education, she started her own practice, the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA. Dr. Lloyd utilizes energy-based modalities to treat irregular pigmentation, blemishes, rough skin texture, wrinkles, and spider and varicose veins.