It’s time to have “the talk”. If you are going to do it – if you are going to go outside, I want to make sure you practise safe sun. If you practise safe sun today, you’ll need fewer treatments from me tomorrow.

Wear sunglasses to protect the delicate, fragile skin of your eye area. The bigger the sunglasses, the better. Wear a hat and take breaks from the sun. Sit in the shade for a spell – you don’t have to be in direct sunlight to enjoy the sunlight.

Wear a Dermatologist created sunblock. They are more expensive but they feel better and look better on your skin. Double check to make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays – it’ll probably be called “full spectrum” if it does.

A sunblock is anything with an SPF of 30 0r higher. I carry one by Derm Advantage that has an SPF of 36. It doesn’t make my adult acne prone skin break out. If it gets along with my easily upset, reactive skin, there’s a good chance it’ll get along with your skin as well.

For extra protection, layer a cream or serum with green tea in it, underneath your sunscreen. Studies have shown that a green tea topical lotion as a base coat makes sunscreen more effective.

If you have uneven skin tone and don’t want it to get worse – or you want to prevent uneven skin tone, use a cream or serum with vitamin C in it before you sleep. Vitamin C can help to disperse melanin – pigment – in skin.

Replenishing Sunscreen Full Spectrum SPF 36 by Derm Advantage, is the name of the sun protection I carry. It has a light moisturizer in it so you can bypass your moisturizer, if you like. It’s also got anti aging ingredients in it. Derm Advantage skincare is by Miami Dermatologist, Dr Loretta Ciraldo. If anyone has a handle on sunscreen, I’m willing to bet it’d be a Dermatologist from Miami! – Cherise


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