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SkinCare Summer Tips

 Skin Care : Prevention tips for Healthy Skin this Summer and Beyond

Pesky sunspots start to come out of nowhere, 
or so it would seem.  In actuality, this sun damage 
started forming long before appearing on the surf-
ace of the skin. According to the Mayo Clinic website, 
excessive sun damage is the number one factor in 
determining how skin ages. 

In California, we enjoy the 
sun shining more often than not.

So, while we have fun in the sun this summer, it is also 
time to be more proactive with our skin and think preventative.

Two concerns one should assess on the skin are moles and sunspots.

Remember to check your moles for inconsistencies, or changes, in color.  If we pay attention to our moles on a regular basis, one can see changes easily and bring the issue to their doctor right away. It is recommended to check with your physician if a mole is cancerous or not. Benign moles and skin tags can be routinely removed in our Los Gatos Med Spa in minutes.

Damage that we do to our skin when we are younger doesn’t show up until years later. We have been posting on our Facebook page a series of helpful articles this month about skin damage, preventative care, and how you can proactively combat free radicals.

The sun emits several types of rays.  UVA and UVB are the two most common types.  These rays absorb into our skin differently. UVA rays stop short at the epidermis, or top layer of the skin.  The UVB rays go a bit farther.  I like to say the ‘B’ in UVB stands for ‘Burn’.  Not only can you burn easier with UVB rays, they also absorb down to the cells in your subcutaneous layers of skin.  The damage here can consist of mutating cells, even DNA, to create what could one day be cancer.  UVA and UVB rays both have their dark side. Immediate damage could show up via a sunburn, without one knowing the long-term damage for several years.  Suntans look great, but consider even tanning to a golden brown can cause damage to the skin. More detail on this here.

Take Action

Using a sun-screen as directed can be a good protection against sunburn, wrinkles and cancer.
  • Stay out of Sun as much as possible from 10am to 4pm.
  • Use a SPF 30 or higher sun-screen to protect yourself.
  • Wear protective clothing and a hat.
  • Summer activities like sunbathing and snorkeling are fun, but be aware of the risks of sun-exposure and take necessary precautions.

We take a risk every time we are outside for long periods of time. Many are aware that some sunscreen needs to be slathered on, but can get pushed to the back of our minds.  Make that change to not just think about sunscreen, but keep it with you and use it consistently until it is second nature.

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Dr. Mungekar

Dr. Mungekar is the Founder and Medical Director of Orchid MediSpa. She is a top rated physician in internal medicine with certifications in Botox, Dermal fillers and laser cosmetic procedures. She is Board Certified Physician and completed her residency from UC San Diego in 2006. Dr Mungekar likes to spend time with her patients to fully understand their needs and provide recommendations to help then look your best.

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