Skin Care Tips For Spending Time in the Sun

We are in the midst of summer, and with only a month left before school begins and our schedules get back to normal, many of us want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. But being aware and proactive about time spent in the sun can prevent damage to your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Sunburns can be quite painful and can cause long-lasting skin problems, including cancer. UV rays from the sun actually damage the DNA of your skin cells. If you’ve ever had a sunburn that led to peeling skin, you’ve done that kind of damage.

An important fact to remember is that all skin tones can burn. Darker skin does contain more protective melanin, but there is still a point at which even the darkest skin tones will burn. The best protection is to use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen when you’ll be going outdoors and to avoid time in direct sunlight at peak hours of the day, typically between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. You’ll want to reapply your sunscreen every two hours if spending lots of time outdoors. And if you’re sweating a lot or going in the water, you’ll need to reapply more often.

Many retailers also make clothing that contains sun-protectant, too. This is a good alternative or additional sun protection for children and adults alike.

If you are suffering from any unwanted skin conditions, Dr. Lance Hamilton at Jolie Vie Aesthetics in Bentonville, Arkansas may be able to help. Contact our office to learn more about our skin treatments and to schedule a consultation:


What Are Some Effective Treatments For Stretch Marks?

Many of us have those tell-tale silvery lines on our skin that are the result of rapid weight loss, weight gain, or growth known as stretch marks. Whether they are in an obvious place or a not-so-noticeable area, they can be seen as undesirable and many of us would rather be rid of them. While there are a lot of solutions for this out on the market, the different approaches to stretch mark removal have varying effects. Here is a breakdown of the different treatments for stretch marks.

1. Laser therapy
This is the most effective method to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. As these marks are technically scar tissue, only clinical treatments like laser therapy will fully rid your body of these markings.

2. Tretinoin
This is a retinoid cream that can be prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist to help reduce the appearance of scar tissue like stretch marks. It is most effective on newer and more recent scarring.

3. Microdermabrasion
This skin care technique can help stimulate the growth of new collagen and tissue which can repair damaged skin like that of stretch marks.

4. Herbal remedies
Many people opt to use herbal remedies to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. While there is tons of anecdotal evidence available, there are no scientific studies that have shown these results.

To learn more about our Fotona Laser, the conditions it can treat, and to see if you are a good candidate for laser treatments, please call Jolie Vie Aesthetics at our office at 479.715.6505 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to learn more: