A ^Retired Plastic Surgeon's Notebook

Not worried about the sun? You should be!

Can you guess which twin spent years with a “healthy” tan?

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses sun damage and skin protection – again.  Inags because Icare.

Summer officially starts in two weeks and it’s time for my yearly scold about facial tanning.  As usual, a picture is worth a bajillion words so take a look at these twins.  They have had no surgery or skin treatments and neither one smokes.    They are the same age (duh) and the same weight.

Take a look at the damage that years of sun exposure have caused in the twin on the left.  Not only does she have fine wrinkles and uneven pigmentation, her face is less plump than her younger looking twin.

I am often asked which sunblock is the best for the face.  My answer is the sunblock that you will use every day.  It may take a while to find the one you like the best but shop around.  There’s one out there for you.  I really like one of the non-greasy sunblocks that Neutragena makes.  I have yet to find a sunblock compatible with my very sensitive eyes so I skip that area.  But I do have a great pair of shades that I live in when outside and I have a collection of hats.

Remember, the skin tans as a response to injury.  So take care of your largest and most visible organ and it will take care of you.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Category: Aging Issues, General Health, Skin Care, sun damage | Tags: , , , , ,

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