PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Arizona heat in July is no joke, with temperatures expected to reach mid to high 100s this Fourth of July weekend. Many people will be hitting the pool to cool off, but dermatologists are warning Arizonans to not forget to put on sunscreen.
Derma Health Skin and Laser in the valley specializes in laser treatments, cosmetic skin procedures and more. Experts at Derma Health are warning people to have fun but stay safe by the pool this weekend and this summer.
Here are some basic tips about sun protection from a skincare specialist at Derma Health:
- SPF should be applied on its own because the SPF in your moisturizer or foundation is likely not enough protection
- Reapplication of sunscreen should be done every two hours if you are exposed to sunlight. Sunscreen sprays and powders are handy when it comes to reapplying sunscreen while also wearing makeup. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Mineral sunscreen is safer for skin than chemical sunscreen and will still provide lasting sun protection. Also, if you wear hair extensions, mineral sunscreen won’t turn them orange!
Vanessa Sonthipanya, a medical aesthetician and laser technician at Derma Health, also added these additional tips for people looking to take a dip in the pool:
- Sunblock should always be applied last in your skin care regimen right before makeup.
- Sunblock, even water-resistant sunblock, should be applied every 80 minutes to any areas that are exposed to the sun.
- If you are wearing makeup, powdered mineral sunblock is a great alternative and can be reapplied to the body as well.
- Big wide brimmed sun hats are also recommended to keep your face, neck and chest out of direct sunlight.
- Your face, neck and chest are the most sensitive areas of your body and are more likely to get sunburnt. These areas are more sensitive and can leave prolonged redness and pigmentation if not protected.
- Mineral sunscreens are recommended by dermatologists, ingredients you should look for the best coverage are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Enjoy the holiday weekend and don’t forget the sunscreen!
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