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Skin cancer prevention = Good skin care behavior + the right sunscreen

Danielle AugustinoDanielle Augustino, RPA-C is a Certified Registered Physician Assistant with 10 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery. She has been trained to safely and effectively treat all skin types and has advanced training in dermal fillers, BOTOX®, ablative/nonablative lasers, IPL/BBL photorejuvenation, and laser hair removal. Danielle is one of the providers at the Inova Medical Spa in Ashburn, VA. Follow Danielle Augustino on Instagram @Danielle_Augustino_Aesthetics.

How to pick the best sunscreen

The “right sunscreen” can be different for different people: there are many variables including cost, how it blends on your skin, and how it works with your makeup. At Inova Medical Spa, we have a sunscreen testing station so you can touch and feel our products as it’s important you find a sunscreen that feels comfortable to wear. We always have knowledgeable staff available to assist you with your product selection.

bright sun in an orange skyWhy is sunscreen so important for skin care?

It’s important to protect yourself as the sun has very damaging effects which unfortunately can cause very serious health conditions. During the summer, we are outside more often: in our yard gardening, exercising, or lounging at the pool. Sunscreen application and good skin-protection habits are crucial to avoiding damage to our skin. The most important reason to protect your skin is because  sun exposure can result in skin cancer. But skin damage also results in sun spots and wrinkles – which is why I always say, “Sunscreen is your best anti-aging product!”

What can we do to protect ourselves and our skin? First, find a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Select a product which is broad spectrum, meaning protection against UVA and UVB rays. UVA causes the skin to age, while UVB causes burns. Also, sunscreen doesn’t last throughout the day, so it’s imperative to reapply every 2-3 hours.

Skin protection also requires good habits!

  • Do I need SPF 100? Don’t fall for products with an SPF greater than 50, as they are no more effective than an SPF 30-50.
  • Don’t neglect your ears Remember to apply sunscreen to your ears (or consistently wear a hat), as this is a common area for skin cancer.
  • Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies. Even if it’s cloudy or raining, the rays from the sun are still damaging your skin — so experts (including me) recommend that you apply sunscreen every day.
  • Cover up! Wear a wide brim hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing to cover as much of your body as possible. Look for shade under a tree or umbrella as well.
  • Avoid sun exposure mid-day. Try to plan your day so you’re outside in the early morning or late afternoon, as UV radiation is highest mid-day.

Inova Medical Spa: Skin care experts in Northern Virginia

To make an appointment at Inova Medical Spa (21785 Filigree Court, Suite 100, Ashburn, VA), give us a call at 703-554-1130.


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