Although the summers may not get too hot up here in Michigan, sun exposure is just as damaging to your skin without extreme heat. Sun exposure also happens to be the number one cause of premature aging, so if you want to put off a face lift for longer, you might want to follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun.

Healthy Summer Skin Practices

Of course you apply sunscreen before you head out for a day at the lake or park, but what about a day of running errands in your car? Even with the windows rolled all the way up, your skin may not be protected against the UV radiation while you’re out getting groceries. Don’t skip the sunscreen just because you’ll be in your car; instead, get into the practice of using a daily moisturizer with sunscreen regardless of your planned activities, and reapply often.

Including sunglasses is another great idea, not only to shield your eyes from the sun’s glaring rays but also to protect the delicate skin of the eyelids and surrounding area. Also, regularly skipping the sunglasses can lead to habitual squinting, which in turn will deepen any existing crow’s feet hiding around the corners of your eyes.

As signs of aging develop in the face, they can often be treated with a combination of minimally invasive procedures like chemical peels, laser resurfacing and injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers, and taking a proactive approach does mean delaying surgical intervention for longer. For more advanced signs of aging, a face lift can repair lax facial muscles and lift and tighten loose skin, but you’ll still need to protect the results from the Detroit summer sun afterwards for longer lasting results.