One of the top causes of wrinkles is exposure to harsh sunlight.  As spring turns to summer in Tampa, Florida, it is important to find ways to protect your skin from the sun’s effects of premature aging.  There are some very simple steps to take to block harmful rays and keep the skin itself healthy and resilient.  Fortunately, there are treatments available for signs of aging +that have already begun to show, but in the meantime it is important to protect existing creases and to prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Sunscreen and sunblock are the essential skin care preventions for the sun’s effects of premature aging.  Many people do not realize the difference between these two products which makes it more difficult for them to make the right skin care choices.  Sunscreen contains chemicals that protect your skin by absorbing and reflecting UV range and does allow a certain amount of UV rays to penetrate the skin.  Sunblock contains physical or inorganic compounds that reflect and scatter UVB rays—but do not protect against UVA light.  You should discuss the appropriate chemical composition and SPF with your dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon to make sure that you are buying the best product for your skin.

Another good option for preventing signs of premature aging is wearing clothing or accessories that can provide coverage.  You can either wear darker colored long sleeved shirts or pants, wide-brimmed hats, or sunglasses with wider rims.  Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida states that sunglasses and hats not only protect the delicate skin around the eyes but they also stop unnecessary squinting that can contribute to wrinkling.

You should always make sure to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated but this is especially true in any sun exposure or high temperatures.  As the body ages and the skin begins to lose its elasticity, wrinkles begin to form when the skin is no longer able to spring back to its original smoothness as you speak and laugh and use facial expressions throughout the day.  Staying hydrated helps to keep your skin as soft and resistant to aging as long as possible.

For anyone who already has signs of premature aging, or for when the time inevitably comes, there is now the option of injectables such as Botox and Xeomin or dermal fillers to help fill creases and counteract the negative effects of the sun’s rays.  Making sure to wear a lot of sunscreen or sunblock, wearing appropriate clothing, and staying hydrated by drinking water regularly can only postpone wrinkling and other skin problems for so long before other treatments are necessary for looking young.

If you are considering any treatment to reduce wrinkles or enhance your beauty and would like to schedule a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, please call 813-975-3223 or visit online.


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