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Skin Care For Aging Adults

Age Gracefully With Proper Skin Care

Americans spend billions of dollars each year on skin care products that promise to erase wrinkles, lighten age spots, and eliminate itching, flaking, or redness. But the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and young looking is to stay out of the sun. Sunlight is a major cause of the skin changes we think of as aging – changes such as wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Your skin does change with age. For example, you sweat less, leading to increased dryness. As your skin ages, it becomes thinner and loses fat, so it looks less plump and smooth. Underlying structures – veins and bones in particular – become more prominent. Your skin can take longer to heal when injured.

You can delay these changes by staying out of the sun. Although nothing can completely undo sun damage, the skin sometimes can repair itself. So, it’s never too late to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.

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How To Avoid Wrinkles

Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of these fibers causes the skin to lose its ability to snap back after stretching. As a result, wrinkles form. Gravity also is at work, pulling at the skin and causing it to sag, most noticeably on the face, neck, and upper arms.

Cigarette smoking also contributes to wrinkles. People who smoke tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion, and history of sun exposure. The reason for this difference is not clear. It may be because smoking also plays a role in damaging elastin. Facial wrinkling increases with the amount of cigarettes and number of years a person has smoked.

Many products currently on the market claim to “revitalize aging skin.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over-the-counter “wrinkle” creams and lotions may soothe dry skin, but they do little or nothing to reverse wrinkles. At this time, the only products that have been studied for safety and effectiveness and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat signs of sun-damaged or aging skin are tretinoin cream and carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium (Er:YAG) lasers.

Tretinoin cream (Renova), a vitamin A derivative available by prescription only, is approved for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, mottled darkened spots, and roughness in people whose skin doesn’t improve with regular skin care and use of sun protection. However, it doesn’t eliminate wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, or restore skin to its healthier, younger structure. It hasn’t been studied in people 50 and older or in people with moderately or darkly pigmented skin.

The CO2 and Er:YAG lasers are approved to treat wrinkles. The doctor uses the laser to remove skin one layer at a time. Laser therapy is performed under anesthesia in an outpatient surgical setting.

The FDA currently is studying the safety of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are widely promoted to reduce wrinkles, spots, and other signs of aging, sun-damaged skin. Some studies suggest that they may work, but there is concern about adverse reactions and long-term effects of their use. Because people who use AHA products have greater sensitivity to the sun, the FDA advises consumers to protect themselves from sun exposure by using sunscreen, wearing a hat, or avoiding mid-day sun. If you are interested in treatment for wrinkles, you should discuss treatment options with a dermatologist.

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Dry Skin and Itching

Many older people suffer from dry skin, particularly on their lower legs, elbows, and forearms. The skin feels rough and scaly and often is accompanied by a distressing, intense itchiness. Low humidity – caused by overheating during the winter and air conditioning during the summer – contributes to dryness and itching. The loss of sweat and oil glands as you age also may worsen dry skin. Anything that further dries your skin – such as overuse of soaps, antiperspirants, perfumes, or hot baths – will make the problem worse. Dehydration, sun exposure, smoking, and stress also may cause dry skin.

Dry skin itches because it is irritated easily. If your skin is very dry and itchy, see a doctor. Dry skin and itching can affect your sleep, cause irritability, or be a symptom of a disease. For example, diabetes and kidney disease can cause itching. Some medicines make the itchiness worse.

The most common treatment for dry skin is the use of moisturizers to reduce water loss and soothe the skin. Moisturizers come in several forms – ointments, creams, and lotions.

Ointments are mixtures of water in oil, usually either lanolin or petrolatum.

Creams are preparations of oil in water, which is the main ingredient. Creams must be applied more often than ointments to be most effective.

Lotions contain powder crystals dissolved in water, again the main ingredient. Because of their high water content, they feel cool on the skin and don’t leave the skin feeling greasy. Although they are easy to apply and may be more pleasing than ointments and creams, lotions don’t have the same protective qualities. You may need to apply them frequently to relieve the signs and symptoms of dryness. Moisturizers should be used indefinitely to prevent recurrence of dry skin.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to current estimates, 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily.

UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. In addition, artificial sources of UV radiation – such as sunlamps and tanning booths – can cause skin cancer. People who live in areas of the U.S. that get high levels of UV radiation from the sun are more likely to get skin cancer. For example, skin cancer is more common in Texas and Florida than in Minnesota, where the sun is not as strong.

There are three common types of skin cancers. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common, accounting for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in the United States. They are slow-growing cancers that seldom spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinomas also rarely spread, but they do so more often than basal cell carcinomas. The most dangerous of all cancers that occur in the skin is melanoma. Melanoma can spread to other organs, and when it does, it often is fatal.

Both basal and squamous cell cancers are found mainly on areas of the skin exposed to the sun – the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. However, skin cancer can occur anywhere. Changes in the skin are not sure signs of cancer; however, it’s important to see a doctor if any symptom lasts longer than 2 weeks. Don’t wait for the area to hurt – skin cancers seldom cause pain.

All skin cancers could be cured if they were discovered and brought to a doctor’s attention before they had a chance to spread. Therefore, you should check your skin regularly. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn’t heal. Skin cancers don’t all look the same. For example, skin cancer can start as a small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxy lump. Or it can appear as a firm red lump. Sometimes, the lump bleeds or develops a crust. Skin cancer also can start as a flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly. For more, please read the Skin Cancer and Melanoma articles.

In treating skin cancer, the doctor’s main goal is to remove or destroy cancer completely, leaving as small scar as possible. To plan the best treatment for each person, the doctor considers the type of skin cancer, its location and size, and the person’s general health and medical history. Treatment for skin cancer usually involves some type of surgery. In some cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy (anticancer drugs) or a combination of these treatments may be necessary.

Age Spots

Age spots, or “liver spots” as they’re often called, have nothing to do with the liver. Rather, these flat, brown spots are caused by years of sun exposure. They are bigger than freckles and appear in fair-skinned people on sun-exposed areas such as the face, hands, arms, back, and feet. The medical name for them is solar lentigo. They may be accompanied by wrinkling, dryness, thinning of the skin, and rough spots.

A number of treatments are available, including skin-lightening, or “fade” creams; cryotherapy (freezing); and laser therapy. Tretinoin cream is approved for reducing the appearance of darkened spots. A sunscreen or sun block should be used to prevent further damage.


Shingles is an outbreak of a rash or blisters on the skin that may cause severe pain. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus lies silent in the nerve tissue. Years later, the virus can reappear in the form of shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. It also is common in people with weakened immune systems due to HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment,transplant operations, and stress.

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, generally on one side of the body or face. A rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. The rash develops into small, fluid-filled blisters, which begin to dry out and crust over within several days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to intense pain. Most people with shingles have only one bout with the disease in their lifetime. However, those with impaired immune systems – for example, people with AIDS or cancer – may suffer repeated episodes.

If you suspect you have shingles, see a doctor right away. The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be reduced significantly by immediate treatment with antiviral drugs. These drugs also may help prevent the painful aftereffects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases currently is testing a shingles vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The vaccine they are testing is similar to the one used to immunize against chickenpox. After the shot, some people have had some discomfort around the area of the injection. In addition, a few people have had a low-grade fever. For more information about this study, call 1-800-411-1222.


Many older people notice an increased number of bruises, especially on their arms and legs. The skin becomes thinner with age and sun damage. Loss of fat and connective tissue weakens the support around blood vessels, making them more susceptible to injury. The skin bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal.

Sometimes bruising is caused by medications or illness. If bruising occurs in areas always covered by clothing, see a doctor.

Keep Your Skin Healthy

The best way to keep your skin healthy is to avoid sun exposure.

  • Stay out of the sun. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies. Harmful rays pass through clouds. UV radiation also can pass through water, so don’t assume you’re safe if you’re in the water and feeling cool.
  • Use sunscreen. Sunscreens are rated in strength according to a sun protection factor (SPF), which ranges from 2 to 30 or higher. A higher number means longer protection. Buy products with an SPF number of 15 or higher. Also look for products whose label says: broad spectrum (meaning they protect against both types of harmful sun rays – UVA and UVB) and water resistant (meaning they stay on your skin longer, even if you get wet or sweat a lot). Remember to reapply the lotion as needed. For more, please read the Sun Protection and Sunscreens article.
  • Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim shades your neck, ears, eyes, and head. Look for sunglasses with a label saying the glasses block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays. Wear loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts when in the sun.
  • Avoid artificial tanning. Don’t use sunlamps and tanning beds, as well as tanning pills and tanning makeup. Tanning pills have a color additive that turns your skin orange after you take them. The FDA has approved this color additive for coloring foods but not for tanning the skin. The large amount of color additive in tanning pills may be harmful. Tanning make-up products are not suntan lotions and will not protect your skin from the sun.
  • Check your skin often. Look for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. If you find any changes that worry you, see a doctor. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that older, fair-skinned people have a yearly skin check by a doctor as part of a regular physical exam.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=60686

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Common Skin Care Mistakes

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Whether you spend just 30 seconds every morning or have a dedicated pre-bedtime ritual, practically everyone has a skin care routine. And while we all have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of our complexion, we sometimes sabotage our skin without realizing it. Your daily habits make a major difference when it comes to preventing damage and premature aging. Renee Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician, shares the eight most common skincare mistakes.

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Leaving skin bare for more than 60 seconds after cleansing.

After cleansing, immediately apply an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than one minute, it will start to dehydrate as the dry air sucks moisture out of the skin. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected, while eliminating the feeling of tight and dry skin.

Not using products formulated for your skin.

The reason you may not see improved results with your skin care products is that they aren’t suited for your skin’s unique needs. Find out what type of skin a product is formulated for. And if “all skin types” is the answer, proceed with caution.

If you’re truly looking for results, it’s imperative that you use products exclusively formulated for the unique needs of your skin.

Caring for your skin blemishes—the wrong way.

Most people will breakout at certain periods in their life, and where they often go wrong is how they treat a blemish once it appears—picking at it, applying spot treatments at the wrong phase of the breakout, and using the wrong treatments on the wrong kinds of blemishes. All of these will result in a blemish lasting longer and leaving a post-breakout red or dark scar than can linger for months. If it’s a pustular blemish, once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your finger and then apply a spot-drying treatment, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any infection once the infection has been manually removed. If it’s a cystic blemish, which mainly occur in the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. This means no picking! Treat the cyst with Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment, which will help dissolve the infection while also preventing future cysts.

Overusing exfoliating products.

These days, when it comes to skincare products, if it’s not burning or stinging then people think it’s not working. In the quest to look younger and have smoother skin, people are doing too many aggressive exfoliating treatments that are actually injuring their skin. Too much exfoliation can cause a damaged moisture barrier, resulting in flaking, dehydration and inflammation, possible destruction of healthy cells, and a stimulation of melanin activity causing increased hyperpigmentation. Physical exfoliants such as facial scrubs (use ones with round grains) or facial brushes should be used no more than two or three times a week. Chemical exfoliants (including acid serums such as glycolic) should be used three nights on, three nights off.

Not wearing enough sunscreen.

The number one reason why your skin will age prematurely is from sunlight, daylight and UV rays—period. And 78% of those rays come from incidental exposure. These are all the times when you don’t think you’re getting the damaging rays, like driving in the car, sitting in your home or office near windows, or walking outside on a cloudy winter day when people don’t feel like they need sun protection. If you want to prevent wrinkles, wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out, is a must.

Using alcohol-based toners or skipping them entirely.

Toners are an important step in a skin care regimen and should be used daily. The mistake people make if they are actually using one is it’s often loaded with alcohol, which will only dehydrate the skin and cause an increase in dull cell buildup. If you’re not using one, it’s usually because you notice that it leaves the skin feeling dry, so you’ll skip it completely and miss out on important skin benefits. Alcohol-free toners should be used after every cleansing because they give your skin a drink of moisture when left damp on the skin before applying moisturizer, they remove drying chlorines and minerals found in tap water, and because damp skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin. When left damp they can carry the active ingredients of your serum and moisturizer deeper within the skin.

Washing your skin with bar soap.

If you wash with a bar of soap, you immediately strip your skin of all its water, which instantly creates dead skin cell buildup. Then you have to quickly put moisturizer on to put back exactly what you just took out. The binders that hold a bar of soap together have a high pH balance, making it too drying for most skin types. But they also reverse the benefits from any exfoliants that you’re using (AHA’s, BHA’s and facial scrubs) since those are intended to remove dry skin cells. Bar soaps are a no-no, so look for mild, sulfate-free, soap-free gel cleansers.
Overusing moisturizer.

Adding multiple coats of moisturizer to alleviate dry skin is not the same as switching to a creamier consistency. Using thicker coats of moisturizer will only result in clogged pores and a waste of skin care product.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/celiashatzman/2014/08/21/8-common-skincare-mistakes/

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Grapes Can Treat Acne, Skin Dryness

Skin Glows With Grapes 

The grape makes for a good analogy regarding our skin health. When young and healthy, it’s moisturized and vibrant. With age, wrinkles can make a person’s skin look more like a raisin. That’s why moisture and circulation are so important to reduce the impact of aging. With time, skin begins to lose its elasticity and moisture. Prepare packs made of grapes to combat skin problems, says an expert.

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Navin Taneja, director of the National Skin Centre in India, shares the benefits of the fruit:

  • As normal skin care treatment, grapes are good to reduce acne.
  • The fruit’s seeds help to strengthen blood vessels and enhance skin elasticity.
  • Grape seed oil is rich in moisturizing content and also provides Vitamin C and E to the skin.

He also shares tips on how to prepare face packs:

  • Grapes can be mashed and applied as a facial mask, which helps in peeling off the dead skin cells. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.
  • People with oily skin should mash black grapes with some oil absorbent like multani mitti (Fuller’s earth). To make it in paste form, mix it well with drops of rose water in it. Let it stay for 15 minutes on your face and then rinse it off.
  • Dry skin people can take mashed black grapes, avocado pulp and mix them with two teaspoons of honey and rose water. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off your face.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/grapes-to-do-away-with-acne-skin-dryness-114021701400_1.html

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Skin Care Reduces Risk Of Skin Cancer

Skin Care Experts Explain The Importance Of Natural Products

Caring for your skin should be one of your top priorities because your skin is the largest organ on your body. Wrinkles and lines are a natural part of aging, but proper skin care can delay and minimize their emergence.

If you take good care of your skin, you can look younger without much extra effort. You also want to make sure that you follow a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in vitamins, A, C, E and K will help reduce the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that accelerate the aging process. If you smoke, then you should consider quitting for many reasons. Smoking promotes the formation of wrinkles and fine lines across most of your body.

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These are all cosmetic reasons to take good care of your body and skin. However, cancer prevention is another reason to be diligent. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that two million people in America are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Approximately 20 percent of the American population will develop skin cancer at some point. Many people who have skin cancer find that their overall health quickly deteriorates because the cancer can very easily spread to other parts of the body.

While there is no 100 percent full-proof way to prevent skin cancer, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing it by taking good care of your skin. Make sure that you apply sunscreen when you are going out in the sun. The sunscreen will help protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Studies have shown that people who have multiple sunburns are more likely to develop skin cancer.

The importance of keeping your skin healthy cannot be reiterated enough. It is the largest organ on your body, so it requires special care. Taking care of your skin will help you look younger and maintain overall health. If you ever notice new spots on your body, don’t delay–have them looked at as soon as possible to catch cancers early, which leads to more treatment options and better outcomes.

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Better Skin With Better Makeup Tips

Cosmetics Can Harm Your Skin

Avoid Makeup: During summer, less makeup is best when possible. If you use foundation, be sure to apply face powder with SPF to avoid patchy skin. To protect your lips, always use a gloss or a lip balm with an SPF 15 to make them feel fresh. Avoid eye makeup and let your skin breathe and soak in Vitamin D.

Removing Makeup: Your skin needs sleep to renew itself. If you’re wearing makeup while your skin is under repair, it often causes blemishes and dryness. Before you go to bed, gently wash away your makeup and apply a nighttime moisturizer.

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When makeup is removed in an incorrect manner, it leads to irritation on the face and promotes premature aging and varying skin tone. Use face wipes to remove makeup, but do it properly to avoid damaging and stretching your skin. Removing makeup in the wrong way can irritate the skin and promote premature aging. Be sure to gently remove makeup from your forehead first. Wipe it from the middle of the forehead to the left and then rub back to the middle and to the right.

Then wrap the wipe around your finger, exposing the unused side and gently sweep it across the eyelids towards the outer corners. Use your ring finger to avoid applying excessive pressure on your delicate skin. For your cheeks, repeatedly sweep the wipe upwards towards your ears. The upward movement will not cause your skin to stretch and sag. Simple tips can go a very long way toward better skin.

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Detox For Healthier Skin

Toxic Overload Impacts Overall Health

When you think “detox,” you probably think liver—the body’s primary cleansing organ. But to discern whether a cleanse is in order, check your complexion. “Your skin is your body’s largest organ of elimination and detoxification,” says Linda Page, PhD, author of Healthy Healing (Healthy Healing, 2011). As toxins build up in your kidneys, liver, and bloodstream, you may experience external inflammation on your skin.

The skin is a backup for the other elimination organs, Page explains. If toxins overload your colon or your liver can’t efficiently filter impurities coming from the digestive tract, your skin tries to compensate by releasing toxins through the surface.

“It sweats them out, or throws them off through skin rashes or even abscesses,” says Page. In addition to skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, toxic-overload signs include skin discoloration like dark under-eye circles and brown mottled spots, forehead wrinkles, and lackluster complexion. “Over time, our bodies collect toxins in much the same way a bicycle wheel collects rust. All of that toxicity contributes to weight gain, wrinkles, breakouts, and dull skin, hair, and nails,” says Kimberly Snyder, CN, author of The Beauty Detox Solution (Harlequin, 2011). Just as toxins escape your body via skin, they can also enter your body topically.

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“Giving up the majority of the toxin-filled, clogging skin care products and makeup that most people use every day is one way to detox your skin,” says Snyder. Eliminate body care products with synthetics like parabens, phthalates, and petroleum byproducts. Then check with an aesthetician to determine if you’re simply using too many products, which can clog pores or irritate your skin. When choosing detoxifying products for skin, look for plant-based ingredients that work synergistically when applied topically and ingested. Pair facial washes, lotions, or masks with supplements or beverages containing chlorella, neem, seaweed, aloe vera, or green or white tea. These nutrient-rich ingredients increase circulation to eliminate toxins from the skin and other organs. A natural herbal sea salt scrub and a volcanic ash or red clay mask will also draw out impurities and bacteria from the skin’s surface.

Feed your skin

Good nutrition is critical to a healthy complexion, says Snyder, especially when you need to detox. And the right cleansing foods not only reduce toxins but also support collagen, the protein that keeps skin looking youthful. “As you loosen the toxic sludge from your body, your energy will automatically increase because your body is able to perform digestive and other functions efficiently,” Snyder says. Your body can then use that energy to repair the collagen in your skin and grow healthier hair and stronger nails. Start by ditching sugars, refined carbohydrates, red meat, and overly processed foods—all of which can attack collagen and lead to acne-causing inflammation.

Then drink detoxifying green tea and purified water throughout the day (at least eight glasses), along with a greens smoothie daily. Digesting important nutrients in this blended form requires less energy, which means the body can devote more energy to restoring skin cells. And favor beverages between meals rather than during them because liquids dilute digestive enzymes to make digestion slower and more difficult, says Snyder. During meals, eat detoxifying veggies, like dark leafy greens, daikon radish, and broccoli, which are best raw or lightly steamed to preserve water content. In addition to helping flush waste from the body, vegetables such as these can increase skin’s “intracellular water,” which supports skin-cell health and collagen production, according to Howard Murad, MD, author of The Water Secret (Wiley, 2010).

Snyder also recommends regularly noshing on raw foods for their skin- and digestive-supportive enzymes. “Enzymes perform thousands of functions in the body, including repairing and preventing wrinkles, evening out your skin tone, and contributing to smooth, youthful skin,” says Snyder. Also, loading up on probiotics from foods and supplements promotes good digestion, eliminates bad gastrointestinal bacteria, and increases energy to improve overall skin health. Other key supplements for skin detox include antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; curcumin; omega-3 fatty acids; coconut oil; fiber; and evening primrose oil.

Skin Care News via: http://deliciousliving.com/beauty-cosmetics-amp-skincare/detox-your-skin

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Avoid Common Mistakes With Sunscreen

Tips To Protect Your Skin

While it’s important to protect your skin against the sun at all times of the year, you should be especially diligent about applying sunscreen during the summer, because that is when you are most outside the most often. The good news is that more people of all skin types are applying sunscreen than ever before.

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Here are the most common mistakes that people make when applying sunscreen:

  1. Skimping. If you do not apply enough sunscreen, you are not getting the SPF on the label, and are therefore not getting the protection against the sun that you need. Rest assured, there will not be a shortage of sunscreen anytime soon, so put a large amount in your hands and rub it all over.
  2. Only protecting skin at the beach. Daily sun exposure is a majority of our sun exposure over a lifetime, and does not just apply to just going to the beach. If you plan on going outdoors on a given day, use sunscreen every day on areas of the skin that will be exposed to the sun, especially your arms and face.
  3. Missing spots.  People frequently forget to apply sunscreen to their nose, lips, scalp near the hairline, & the tops of their feet and hands. It’s easy to forget these aforementioned areas, but getting sunburns in these places is a good reminder for starters.
  4. Assuming “water resistant” means that you do not have to reapply after swimming. “Waterproof” or “sweat proof” are no longer valid or accurate terms for any sunscreen. There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen. Water resistant means that the sunscreen will stay on the skin for longer, but within an hour, the water will eventually wear it off.  If you plan to stay in the sun longer after swimming, reapply.  It’s that simple.
  5. Assuming all sunscreens are the same.  There is a huge difference between a sunscreen that is SPF 4 and SPF 30, and you should pay attention to those numbers.  The higher the number, the better protection against harmful UV rays. Make sure your brand is labeled “broad-spectrum”and is at least SPF 30.
  6. Using sunscreens that have expired.  The expiration date (usually located on the bottom of the sunscreen bottle) is another number to which you should pay close attention.  While the expiration date does not mean the sunscreen is automatically useless the day after, its ingredients will become less effective over time.  So if your sunscreen bottle is a few days past its expiration date, use it up quickly and move on.  If its a few months or even years past, dispose of it and get another bottle.
  7. Thinking tanning is OK if you use sunscreen. It’s better, but still not recommended. While tanning out in the sun is far superior to tanning booths, tanning of any kind eventually leads to skin damage, premature aging, and increased risk of skin cancer.  Sunscreen can’t prevent any of these symptoms, which is part of the reason why it is now called “sunscreen” and not “sunblock.”

Remember that sunscreen does wear off over a short time period, and should therefore be applied and reapplied liberally. Don’t be shy about wearing a broad-rimmed hat, long sleeves and pants.

Source: http://www.mainelaserskincare.com/2014/06/seven-most-common-sunscreen-mistakes/

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