Living in Florida and staying out of the sun do NOT go hand-in-hand. No matter how much sunscreen you use or how big your floppy hat is, you will experience sun exposure living in Florida. But, you don’t have to let it ruin your skin! At Fountain of You, we offer multiple services to reverse sun damage and keep you looking young and fresh!
Isn’t Vitamin D Good for Me?
Yes, Vitamin D is good for you and is an essential nutrient for healthy bones. Exposure to the sun is the best and most efficient way to maintain optimal Vitamin D levels. This seems contradictory to everything you hear from doctors, particularly dermatologists, who preach minimal sun exposure and the abundant use of sunscreen. There is a happy medium.
Multiple studies have shown that approximately 10-30 minutes of sun exposure at noontime, three times per week, is enough to maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D. You can still protect yourself from the sun with sunglasses and a hat. However, about one-third of your skin (i.e wearing a tank top and shorts) should be exposed to receive the necessary amount of Vitamin D.
Sunscreen will inhibit the process because depending on the chemicals in the sunscreen, it will absorb, reflect, or scatter sunlight. Your body requires the sun’s UVB rays in order to synthesize cholesterol into Vitamin D. Noontime is the recommended time to seek this sun exposure because later in the afternoon, the UV Index may be higher, increasing your risk for skin damage from the sun.
Vitamin D is referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” for a good reason. Instead of taking manufactured supplements, you can hang out in your yard for a quick sunshine break and get all the Vitamin D you need from the sun! Remember, Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. Strong bones are very important, particularly as you age. Sufficient amounts of Vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis and muscle weakness. Vitamin D deficiency has even been linked to depression and cancer, so step into the sunshine!
Fountain of You Services for Skin Damage
Fountain of You offers a variety of services to help reverse sun damage to your skin. While sunlight is good for you, too much of a good thing is still too much! Too much sun can cause your skin to look prematurely aged and can even cause skin cancer which can be fatal. If your skin is showing signs of sun damage, such as wrinkles or “age spots,” here are a few services to consider:
- VIVACE MICRONEEDLING – This is a deep skin rejuvenation treatment. It mimics your body’s natural collagen production which helps to keep your skin looking younger. Microneedling can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin pigmentation, all of which can be caused by too much sun exposure.
- PRP TREATMENT – PRP Treatment (Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment) is an excellent service to use in conjunction with a microneedling treatment. We take a small blood draw and put it into our centrifuge machine to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. Then, mixed with a small amount of your blood, the PRP “solution” is injected into the desired areas. Because this treatment is taken from your own body, there is no risk of an adverse reaction. This treatment can help a variety of skin issues caused by the sun and aging, such as rosacea, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles.
- CHEMICAL PEEL – A chemical peel is an advanced facial technique that removes the surface layers of skin to reveal fresh, undamaged skin. The chemical peel can be adjusted to each person’s needs for a shallow, medium, or deep peel. This service helps with multiple skin issues, such as dark spots, freckles, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines.
Summer Sun Services
We hope this has been a good reminder of how important the sun is for you, while also reminding you to not risk overexposure. Living in Florida, it is likely that sun damage will occur at some point. When it does, you know who to call! Fountain of You offers a wide variety of aesthetic and anti-aging services to keep your skin looking healthy, bright, and young! You don’t have to look like a raisin just because you live here! Let us keep you looking young and reverse any sun damage you have already experienced. We look forward to welcoming you into the Fountain of You family!