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The Breast Expert's advice on Sunscreen and your decollate
A good sunscreen is an investment in anti aging

With the summer sun and beautiful weather comes the increased risk of sun damage. Most of us worry about aging gracefully, but preventative measures like a good sunscreen can be your best protection from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. From a preventative perspective, a good sunscreen can help cut down on free radicals that damage the skins elastin and collagen. Dr. Corbin says, “the breakdown of Elastin and Collagen lead to premature aging and or a more weathered, wrinkly and aged look to the skin on the face and body including a woman's Decollate.”

Most women apply sunscreen to the face and neck. The Breast Expert says, “Don't stop there! The delicate skin on your Decollate is also in need of sun protection.” If your chest area is going to be exposed to the sun's harsh rays make sure you apply a generous amount of a good sunscreen that won't clog the pores, but will protect this delicate area of the body. The skin on and around the breasts is just as prone to aging as the skin on your face.

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There are sunblocks formulated for all skin types including sensitive, oily and acne prone. The best sunblock for the Decollate may be a Broad based sunblock that blocks both UVB and UVA rays and contains a minimum of 30 SPF. Dr. Corbin's office carries quality sunscreen's to protect the skin on the face and body.

What Does SPF mean?
The higher the SPF the longer you can remain in the sun without getting burnt. For example a 40 SPF means if you usually burn after being in the sun for 5 minutes you can stay in the sun for approximately 40 times longer with a 40 SPF sunscreen. IF this is the case a good 40 SPF sunscreen should protect you for around three and a half hours.

When & How to Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen should be applied ideally about 20 to 30 minutes before going into the sun so the skin can absorb it. Depending on what your activities include a 30 SPF sunscreen should be applied to the areas exposed to the suns rays. Even on overcast days where the sun doesn't seem very strong it can still damage the skin. If you are exercising outdoors, swimming or doing outdoor activities that may affect the sunscreen, it is recommended you reapply more frequently. There are also specific sunscreens more suitable for outdoor activities that protect the skin from burning for a longer period of time.
People with allergies or sensitivities to the sun because of medications may want to consult with their plastic surgeon, dermatologist or skin care expert on what sunscreen may work best for them.

According to Dr. Corbin , “Preventative measures like a good sunscreen can be your best protection from the damaging UVA and UVB rays.” Protecting the delicate skin on your Decollate and breasts from the sun and preventing damage to the skins elastin and collagen will help keep your skin looking younger longer. Invest in a good sunscreen this summer. Your Decollate will thank you.

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