Skin Care Tips for Water Sports

Summer is a great time to spend some time in the water. If you don’t know how to swim well, think about taking some lessons! Or check out the Total Immersion DVDs on swimming. They’re really good.

Here are some tips for water skin care. For your face, try the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 with the ColorScience Powder layered over it. Reapply the powder every few hours and, if out all day, do a double layer again at some point.

For your body, you can use the less expensive sunscreen (unless your dermatologist says otherwise) like Solbar Shield.  You can even use a drugstore brand like Coppertone, but then layer the ColorScience Powder over that in the key areas like your neck, chest, shoulders, back of hands for example – that will give you the UVA coverage since most drugstore sunscreens have none or very little.

If you spend a lot of time in the water, really think about getting a short or long sleeved surfer “rash guard.” Go to the surfing websites or to find them. And last, cover up when you get out! Sunday Afternoons has great hats, and Coolibar has good sun protective clothing.

See Dr. Irwin’s new article on how to avoid Thermage Problems.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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