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Summer is Here! Protect Your Skin with Sunscreen.

The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) on sunscreen refers to the level of sunburn protection provided by the product. The FDA Food and Drug Administration) recommends sunblock of at least15 SPF or higher. Nothing over 50 SPF will provide better sun protection. They also suggest that you look for a sunscreen that has “Broad Spectrum” on the label. This helps fully protect against both Ultraviolet B/UVB (UVB—causes sunburn) and Ultraviolet A/UVA (UVA — penetrates deeper into skin and causes aging, contributes to skin cancer) rays.

Keep in mind that sunscreen can be easily washed off or sweated off, which can leave your skin vulnerable. Applying sunblock unevenly or not reapplying it can also reduce its effectiveness, so can genetics. If you have fair skin or skin cancer in your family you may be at a higher risk for skin cancer. Plus, certain medicines can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Here are a few more sun safety tips from the FDA:

  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Wear protective clothing
  • People with pale skin and light hair are most vulnerable to the sun but, people of every skin color are susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer
  • Keep infants under six months out of the sun.
  • Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 pm., when the sun’s rays are strongest
  • Maintain caution on overcast days because UV rays can penetrate cloud cover.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours; more often if you are swimming or sweating.

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface, in fact, according to the FDA, 80% of UV radiation still gets through the haze. UV rays also reflect off of lots of surfaces like water, cement, sand, snow, and could even pass through windows.

So make sure you use sunscreen every day and reapply it every two hours, more often after swimming or sweating.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a cosmetic technique that uses microscopic needles to create very small, controlled pricks in the skin. These microscopic pin-pricks heal quickly, stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and allow for cosmetic ingredients to be absorbed into the deeper skin layers resulting in skin tightening and facial rejuvenation that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Advantages of Microneedling:

  • Improves wrinkles and tightens skin
  • Stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration
  • Improves the appearance of scars
  • Helps correct hyperpigmentation (e.g., brown spots and melasma)
  • May improve the appearance of stretch marks
  • Procedure is virtually painless — a topical anesthetic gel is used
  • Has a short recovery time
  • Results can be seen in a few weeks
  • Can be used on all skin types

    What to Expect

  • For four days before your appointment, stop taking all NSAIDS and unnecessary aspirin, fish oil and curcumin.
  • On the day of your appointment, you will have your blood drawn so that your platelets can be used for healing your area of pain. Please come well hydrated for this.
  • After your blood is drawn, you will wait for platelet harvesting and preparation of your injection. If you are having your platelets harvested for PRP facials, scar or stretch mark treatments, the area of treatment will be prepared and desensitized.
  • Scar treatments may require more than one treatment for successful resolution, although one treatment with PRP and Microneedling will significantly improve the appearance, size and depth of scars and stretch marks.
  • Full effect of this treatment takes 3 months for the skin to remodel, repeat treatments can be done as frequently as 1 time per month. Noticeable effects are seen in 1-2 weeks.

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