We all know that SPF is a must every single day, especially on sunny days at the beach. But what other skin sins can harm you this summer? An expert is offering three easy to follow tips so you can stay safe.
Did you know that certain prescriptions can make you more susceptible to sun damage? That an innocent citrus fruit can cause blisters? See what an expert dermatologist has to say about these hidden dangers and learn how to prevent these skin sins.
Bruce Katz, MD, Director of Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York City, offers these top tips for staying safe in the sun.
“1. Citrus Skin Damage — Whether it is a frozen margarita or a wedge of lime in your Corona, nothing says summer like a splash of citrus. Be careful not to spill it on the skin! Lime juice becomes toxic when exposed to sun and can react with skin, potentially causing dark blisters (berloque dermatitis).
2. Retinol Use — Retin A and Retinol make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, so if you continue use throughout the summer months, you MUST be diligent about sunscreen application to prevent burning. For people who are very sporty or sweat a lot, it’s probably better to hold off on prescription strength retinoids until fall when it gets cooler. Why risk sweating off your SPF? Alternatively, you can use a low percentage retinol that won’t make you sun sensitive.
3. Insect Repellant Irritation — Don’t put insect repellent right on skin. Instead apply repellant to clothes to avoid skin irritation. Beware of applying a concentration of 20% DEET or higher directly to skin as it can fry it.”
How are you staying safe in the sun this summer?
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas