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When Summer Fades, Skin Concerns Remain

By: Abby Penning
Posted: December 30, 2011, from the January 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
When Summer Fades, Skin Concerns Remain

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In the end, it’s all about getting out the right word to your clients. “What is most vital in my discussions with my patients is to ensure consistency of good habits—consistent sunscreen use and, if sun damage occurs, taking an aggressive and early approach to repair that can help to minimize the propagation of negative changes down the road,” Geyer says.

The future

To maintain a healthy glow without any of the damage, however, preventive and protective products still are a strong presence. “It would be my ideal vision as a dermatologist that, over time, we will need to focus less on post-sun products as more and more people will be dedicated to broad-spectrum UV protection and prevention of sun damage, but the reality is that people continue to tan, whether intentionally or unintentionally,” Geyer says.

“Overall, clients need to understand that they must be proactive with sun care, not just reactive, in order to have long-term results,” says O’Hanlon. “And stress to them that even if they miss everything else, at least remember the face, neck and décolleté, and apply a good SPF each morning.”

Abby Penning is associate editor of GCI magazine. She previously was the assistant editor for Skin Inc. magazine, where she won a silver FOLIO: Eddie award in 2009.