Healthy Summertime Skin

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At Starting Point Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer several treatments that help you to maintain healthy skin including our signature Facial Rejuvenation Program. To learn more about how we can help, give us a call at (425) 686-4498!

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Save your summertime skin

Now is the time of year when we want to soak in the sun and take advantage of the nice weather, especially here in the PNW. Although it’s tempting to bathe in the sun there are a few precautions to be aware of to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ of the body and reflects our health and age?

In today’s world, there’s more concern around sun bathing potentially leading to an increase in skin damage and skin cancer, and rightfully so! Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays can increase the production of free radicals that can adversely affect the integrity of collagen in the skin. Over time with this type of exposure, our skin becomes wrinkled, cracked, aged, and brittle (and for smokers, the effects are multiplied).

SKIN CANCER STATS

Research suggests that skin cancer is cumulative over a lifetime and begins with over-exposure throughout one’s life and even serious sunburns during childhood.

We can’t live without the sun – our bodies require sunlight in order to manufacture Vitamin D needed for calcium absorption, amongst other important things. As with all matters, everything is healthy in moderation, and this applies to sun exposure as well.

Here are a few helpful tips and precautions to take when you’re soaking in the summertime sun to keep your skin healthy.

Use sunscreen:

Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF number for greater protection. Apply it onto your skin fifteen minutes before you go outside. Don’t forget your nose, ears, neck and even the tops of your feet! It’s best to ask for help in those hard-to-reach areas such as your back. Ideally, choose a hypoallergenic sunscreen with more than 30 SPF.

Time is key:

Avoid sun exposure when the sun is at its highest peak in the sky, typically from about 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Staying in the shade or carrying something light to cover up in is wise.

Grab your summer gear:

Wear a hat with a wide brim, t-shirt, and sunglasses that filter ultraviolet rays.

Drink it up:

By keeping your body hydrated you can avoid dehydration and provide moisture for the skin to prevent dryness, cracking, and aging.

Don’t forget your vitamins:

Vitamins such as A, E, and some antioxidants like Vitamin C, help prevent skin damage from the inside. Cod Liver oil and FlaxSeed oil have also been used to support skin health.

Keep healthy:

Some medications we take may have reactions and side effects when we’re exposed to sunlight. Also, for those with sensitive skin like Rosacea, sun exposure can actually irritate your skin so staying covered up with a hat is key for maintaining healthy skin!

If you want to have fun now, and not worry later, practice good sun sense. You and your skin deserve it.

At Starting Point Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer several treatments that help you to maintain healthy skin including our signature Facial Rejuvenation Program. To learn more about how we can help, give us a call at (425) 686-4498!

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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