You love the sun. You don’t always love what it does to your skin.
Fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation are all a by-product of sun exposure, which accounts for 80% of facial aging. Protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays with tips and products that help you achieve healthy, glowing skin that lasts long after summer winds down.
If you’re looking for proactive measures to take this season when it comes to wrinkle prevention, we have you covered.
Summer skincare tips
Good news! Healthy skin is in. Take your skin from great to glowing with Peachy’s top skincare tips for the summer.1. Stay out of the sun
The most effective preventative measure for fine lines, wrinkles, and premature aging is to limit direct exposure. When you can avoid the sun’s rays, this is the best method to keep your skin healthy and youthful for years to come.2. Cover up
If finding shade isn’t an option, be proactive about your protection. Bring an umbrella, put on your biggest pair of sunglasses, choose a wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap, or wear a long sleeve shirt to minimize your skin’s contact with the sun.3. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen daily
“Do I have to wear sunscreen every day? Even when it’s cloudy or cold?” The answer is yes! One of the most effective ways to prevent wrinkles is to wear SPF daily. Photoaging (premature aging from sun exposure) can start to occur within 3-5 minutes of being in the sun. This is long before you would notice a sunburn forming.4. Reapply sunscreen frequently
If you wear sunscreen to prevent wrinkles and sun damage, don’t forget to reapply! Here’s a science-backed formula to follow:
- Apply sunscreen using the “teaspoon and shot glass rule”: 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to the face and neck, and enough to fit a shot glass (approximately 1 ounce) for exposed areas of your body.
- Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, then wait for 10 to 20 minutes before you get dressed.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, or after every water exposure or sweating even if they are labeled water-resistant.
Sunscreen and your skin
Sunscreen is a great option for wrinkle prevention. In fact, a daily-use sunscreen prevents additional photoaging and also likely reverses any prior photodamage. Want to know what type of sunscreen is best? Let’s compare chemical vs physical sunscreen and dive into SPF.
Chemical vs physical sunscreen
Many mainstream sunscreen brands are chemical sunscreens. In this type of sunscreen, chemical filters absorb UV radiation into your bloodstream. This happens at a higher level than previously thought, so more studies are needed to determine the significance of these findings as it relates to long-term use.
Mineral sunscreens contain physical filters which reflect UV rays and are proven safe, even if you have sensitive skin. This kind of sunscreen sits on top of your skin, reflecting the rays away rather than absorbing into your skin like chemical sunscreens. Zinc oxide is the active ingredient.
When the FDA proposed its most recent updates to sunscreen regulations in 2019, it found that only two ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, could be classified as safe and effective based on the current information available. This means mineral-based sunscreens are the best choice.
Now that you know about the science behind your sunscreen, it’s time to discuss SPF.
SPF measures UVB protection, the main cause of sunburn and non-melanoma skin cancer. To protect against both UVB and UVA, which is strongly associated with skin aging as well as skin cancers, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is necessary.
Contrary to belief, higher SPF doesn’t mean more protection. After SPF 50, it doesn’t statistically increase your UVB protection. It may actually pose a health risk when a higher concentration of chemicals penetrates your skin. We recommend sticking to SPF 30-50! This level is effective even if you are sensitive to sunburns.
All of our sunscreens at Peachy are mineral-based and have SPFs ranging from 30-50. When choosing your own sunscreen, be sure it’s:
- Reef safe
- Oil free
- Not leaving a white cast
Feeling good about keeping your skin safe and protected all season? Let’s get into another popular preventative skincare measure: Retinoid.
Are prescription retinoids okay to use in the summer?
A prescription retinoid is a nightly cream that can increase collagen production by 80% while decreasing collagen degradation. This minimizes fine lines and wrinkles that typically occur from sun exposure.
Peachy’s retinoid is uniquely formulated with Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and Hyaluronic Acid. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can prevent changes associated with photoaging or damage caused by the sun.
Although retinoids are known to cause skin dryness and increased sensitivity, there’s no evidence it directly increases photosensitivity. As with any season, we recommend washing your face in the morning with a mild cleanser and applying sunscreen!
And if you want something to compliment your preventative skincare regimen, there’s nothing better than Botox®.
Are wrinkle relaxer treatments safe year-round?
Botox® is a completely safe treatment to have done year-round.
Preventative Botox® works by using conservative dosing measures to minimize fine lines and wrinkles while maintaining your natural expression, which prevents “frozen face.” This doesn’t change whether it’s scorching hot or ice-cold out.
One thing to note about getting wrinkle relaxers in the summer: Vigorous exercise (where you sweat profusely) isn’t recommended for 24 hours after treatment to prevent the Botox from migrating away from the targeted muscle groups. But this doesn’t mean you can’t sweat at all, just be careful immediately following treatment.
At Peachy's NYC Botox Studios, we want you to think about your skincare as a long-term goal, not a quick fix. Wrinkle prevention starts early, and with proper maintenance and care, you can enjoy healthy skin for years to come.
Use the tips and newfound knowledge you gain from this guide to keep your skin protected all summer long!