We all know that it’s best to wear sunscreen at the beach or during times when you are anticipating a longer than normal exposure time. But did you know that you are exposed anytime you are outside including the time spent driving in your car?
It’s the times we don’t think about that are critical. We are so often inadvertently exposing our skin to the sun causing damage to our skin and accelerating the visible and non-visible signs of aging.
At The Piazza Center in Austin, TX, we recommend wearing a medical grade, physical blocking sunscreen every day with all of your activities.
Sun Damage and Skin
Sun exposure is the most common cause of skin damage and wrinkling. Exposure to UV rays in sunlight causes changes to the skin including:
- Fine lines
- Brown spots and pigmentation irregularities
- Loss of collagen and elastin
The sun’s UV rays promote the formation of free radicals within the skin damaging our elastin and contributing to wrinkling, sun spots, moles, melasma and even skin cancer.
DIY Sun Protection
Thankfully, we have some proven DIY techniques to keep your skin protected, slow the signs of aging in your skin and in most cases even reverse some of the damage! While we can’t go back to our carefree youthful selves and start protection sooner, we can stop the damage that’s happening now.
Protected Sun Exposure
The Piazza Center Team recommends practicing “Protected Sun Exposure.” Elements of this include:
- Using a medical grade physical blocking sunscreen that includes zinc oxide like EltaMD Broad Spectrum SPF Intellishade® or TruPhysical from Revision Skincare.
- Wearing protective clothing (sunnies, wide brim hats, cover ups and bandanas)
- Avoid the sun around the middle of the day, typically 10AM – 3PM
- Limit total exposure time
The sunscreen shown here is perfect for travel! They’re all under 3 ounces and easily fit into your carry-on bag. Packing space can be a barrier to bringing quality sunscreen with you on vacation and we can eliminate that hassle.
Our goal is to help you combat the signs of aging and care for your skin in the best ways possible using both proactive and responsive treatments.
Skincare at The Piazza Center
Our Team is dedicated to supporting your skin health journey. Starting with a complimentary Visia Skin Analysis we will measure aspects of your skin like pigmentation, pore size, UV spots, sun damage, texture, and wrinkles and then compare your skin condition within your peer group to determine your TruSkin Age.
We will then make treatment and product recommendations to you based on your skin’s unique needs. We typically recommend:
- A quarterly Forever Young BBL® treatment.
- An annual HALO™ laser treatment
- Use of a medical grade retinol
You can see more in our full BBL® Before & After Gallery here.
Learn More About Sun Protection at The Piazza Center
We hope this helps you feel better informed around the use of sunscreen and a protocol that will help you keep your skin looking younger and staying healthier longer. We look forward to meeting with you so we can support your long-term skin health goals.
Rocco C. Piazza, M.D is the owner of The Piazza Center plastic surgery practice in Austin, TX and is a Diplomate of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as a national spokesperson for the ASPS. Call (512) 288-8200 and visit the website www.ThePiazzaCenter.com.