Living in Florida, many of us tend to spend a fair amount of time outdoors. Our natural environment invites us to swim, bike, hike, and walk with our toes in the grass or sand. It is that invitation that makes us love where we live, after all! However, because we are called to outdoor activities throughout the year, it is vitally necessary to learn how all that sun exposure is affecting our skin. Regardless of how much bright sunshine is permeating the clouds, harmful rays are still coming through. This can lead to unpleasantly premature aging. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here, we discuss a few simple steps that can help you protect and pamper your skin even as you enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.
Choose Sun Protection Well
Numerous studies indicate the value of good sun habits. UV light breaks down collagen and elastin. These substances are what keep the skin firm, supple, and resilient. Because the body decreases its production of collagen and elastin during early adulthood, there is ample reason to offset this decline. Sunscreen is one of the best ways. Experts suggest wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. On the average “running errands” kind of day, a moisturizer with SPF sunscreen may be sufficient. However, on long days at the beach, physical sunscreen with zinc oxide may be even better. The Obagi Nu-Derm System contains professional-grade sunscreen that decreases the effects of daily UV exposure.
Nurturing and Correction
The skin is fed by our internal biology and the nutrients we absorb through our diet. It is also in need of support from the outside in. This comes in the form of particular ingredients. Professional skincare like the Obagi system Dr. Croley offers contains substances that have been scientifically proven to inhibit and correct the signs of sun damage. Antioxidants like vitamin C fight free radicals that break down collagen and brightens skin tone safely and naturally. Ingredients like Hydroquinone help correct visible dark spots caused by sun damage, melasma, or other conditions.