Summer Skin Protection Tips from the Delamar Spa
Summer is here! As the days get longer and the sun gets brighter, many of us will go on hikes, visit the beach, and go on vacations. As we venture outdoors, it’s important to remember that the sun can be harmful to our skin without proper protection.
Why is the Sun Harmful for Our Skin?
Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight damages the skin’s DNA, which is the first step to skin cancer development. Two basic types of ultraviolet rays reach the earth’s surface:
- UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin to damage collagen and skin cells. It is responsible for the premature aging of the skin. UVA rays can even pass through glass windows in our homes, cars, and offices.
- UVB rays are responsible for producing sunburn and cause your skin to appear tan. These rays also play the greatest role in causing skin cancer.
Both UVA and UVB rays cause photoaging of the skin, including brown spots, and wrinkling. But research suggests that all damage from the sun, including skin cancer, can be mitigated with proper protection.
Wear an SPF Every Day!
The secret to eternally youthful and healthy skin is a trustworthy and protective SPF. Since UV rays are strongest during the summertime, it’s easy to get sunburned on even the cloudiest days because clouds do not block UV rays. Here are a few sun-protection tips:
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours if you’re in direct sunlight. Brush on formulas make reapplying incredibly simple. is perfect for reapplying over makeup or exposed areas like the neck, hands, and scalp.
- If you’re participating in water activities, make sure you’re using sunscreens that are water-resistant and reapply every 80-90 minutes to ensure continued protection.
- Don’t forget that UVA rays can penetrate through windows. Even if you are socially distancing, working from home, or limiting your time outdoors, you should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin and avoid premature aging.
- Lips can get sunburned too. Use lip balms with SPF 30 or higher.
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes and use a eye-safe sunscreen for utmost protection. has SPF 35 and is designed to be gentle – no more irritation!
There are two main types of sunscreens:
- Chemical sunscreens act like a sponge, absorbing UV light with chemical ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
- Physical (also called mineral) sunscreens stay on top of your skin and act as a shield deflecting sun’s ray. They contain two main ingredients, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Both are FDA approved and recognized as safe and effective. The one you choose depends entirely on your preference.
Remember: The best sunscreen is one that you will use and continue using. We recommend finding one you love and sticking with it.
Incorporate Antioxidants in Your Skincare Routine.
When our skin is exposed to the sun and environmental pollutants, our body generates free radicals that damage DNA and break down collagen. Antioxidants help your body to stabilize damaging free radicals while protecting, repairing, and preventing further skin damage.
Incorporate powerful antioxidants into your skin regimen. Use targeting serums with high concentrations of Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E into your skin regimen to protect and repair your skin. has a wide range of serums for every skin type and concern. Always speak to your dermatologist or one of our highly-trained for specific product recommendations.
SPF Does NOT Cause Vitamin D Deficiency
When the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays interact with your skin, it converts a protein called 7-DHC into vitamin D for your body to use. There is an ongoing belief among many that using sunscreen and other forms of sun protection leads to vitamin D deficiency. This is simply not true.
Research and studies show that people who use sunscreen daily still maintain their vitamin D levels. This is because no matter how much sunscreen you use or how high the SPF, some of the sun’s UV rays will still reach your skin. Remember, even an SPF 50 only filters out 98 percent of the UVB rays, and that’s assuming that you’ve put on the adequate amount of sunscreen needed.
Achieve Your Summer Skincare Goals at Delamar Spa
Our award-winning Delamar Spas offer the ultimate destination for those seeking innovative result-driven beauty and wellness treatments. All three of our Delamar Spa locations (Greenwich, Southport & West Hartford) are open for all facials, massages, and body treatments. We partner with Biologique Recherche (BR), the definitive skincare line, and Valmont, the ultimate anti-aging luxury brand, and their extraordinary and highly effective techniques and treatments to help you achieve your skincare goals this summer.
We always recommend a skin consultation whether you’re a new client or a frequent facial client. Our estheticians are also offering virtual skin consultations.Back to Blog